Hakensack Oct. 24. 1780
your Excellencies letter I have received Concerning Dadly Dudley. The Infamous raskle last night made his Escape together with him the Sarjeant of the Guard Said Dadly was ordered by the civill Magistrates to my care untill Court which was to be opened this day he was Guilty of Several robberies committed on the Inhabitants of this Country. I am very sorry of his escape. The sarjeant was a stranger to me [out] other Countries had allways behaved well. I suppose they are both gone to the Ennimie. I have parties out Perhaps they will take them yet.
Nothing more at present on that head. I further Inform your Excellencie that I have account from New York that there is a Manouvre of the Ennimie up the north river. the Ennimie was Embarked and was to Sail yesterday up the north river. I yet now have an account that they are Sailed yesterday but the Latter I Cannot Confirm becaus the— Informer is no trusty messenger. The truth of it I will Soon Know. I am in all respects your Excellencies Most Obedient Subject with Submission and Obedience of all your Excellencies orders.
J.M. Goetschius Major 8th Regiment
DLC: Papers of George Washington.