Pines Bridge Octo. 23rd 1780
I had the honor, a few days ago, to receive Your Excellency’s favor of the 17th inst. & last night that of the 20th came to hand. I am this day obliged to attend Col. Sheldon’s Tryal at West Point, nevertheless Cu. shall be immediately notified of the Questions which Your Excellency wishes to have resolved. I have moreover stated the same Points to Lt Col. Jameson, who still remains on the Lines, that he may obtain a Solution of the same thro’ another Channel. He will write Your Excellency specially on the matter very soon. With respect to the Intelligence we have lately been able to Collect in this Quarter, the enclosed from Lieut. Col. Jameson will give it in brief.
Agreeable to your Excellency’s Directions I send enclosed the five Pieces of Gold heretofore mentioned. Any Instructions which Your Execellency may have for me had better pass thro’ Genl Heath’s hands at Present, as I expect to be detained at West Point some time. I have the Honor to be, with great Regard, Sir, Your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt
P.S. I should be glad if Your Excellency would send me a little more of the Stain as Cu has wrote to that purport—B.T.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.