Hd Qrs Robinson’s House 25th Sept 1780 7 O’Clock P.M.
I wish every precaution and attention to be paid to prevent Major André from making his escape. He will without doubt effect it, if possible & in order that he may not have it in his power, you will send him under the care of such a party & so many Officers as to preclude him from the least opportunity of doing it. That he may be less liable to be recaptured by the Enemy, who will make every effort to gain him, he had better be conducted to this place, by some upper road, rather than by the route thro Crompond. I would not wish Mr André to be treated with insult; but he does not appear to stand upon the footing of a common Prisoner of War; and therefore, he is not entitled to the usual indulgencies they receive, and is to be most closely & narrowly watched.
General Arnold before I arrived here went off to day to the Enemy, and is on board the Vulture Sloop of War. I am, Sir Your Most Obed Srt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.