Head Quarters Tapan Octor 5th 1780
His Excellency, anxious to prevent the desertion (among the Canadians) which has lately taken place in your Regiment and to recover those that are gone, consents to an Officer or two, if necessary going in pursuit of them—They will use the strictest œconomy in the execution of this business, & procure accounts & vouchers agreeably to the Genl order on that head—They will produce this when they present their accounts for payment. Yrs &c.
R. K. Meade
DLC: Papers of George Washington.