Robinson’s House Septr 27th 1780.
I have concluded to send Major André of the British Army and Mr Joshua Smith, who has had a great hand in carrying on the business between him and Arnold, to Camp tomorrow. They will be under an escort of Horse and I wish You to have separate Houses in Camp ready for their reception, in which they may be kept perfectly secure; and also strong trusty Guards trebly Officered, that a part may be constantly in the Room with them. They have not been permitted to be together, and must be still kept a part. I would wish the Room for Mr André to be a decent one and that he may be treated with civility— but that he may be so guarded, as to preclude the possibility of his escaping, which he will certainly attempt to effect if it shall seem practicable in the most distant degree. Smith must also be as carefully secured and not treated with asperity.
I intend to return to morrow morning and hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in the course of the day. You may keep these several matters a secret: I write to Mr Tilghman. I am, Dr Sir With great regard & esteem
DLC: Papers of George Washington.