Head Quarters Prekaness 6th Novemr 1780
The moment I recd yours of the 3d I gave orders to Genl Heath to detach the remaining three Regiments of the York Brigade to Albany there to put themselves under the command of Brig. Genl Clinton who has orders to dispose of them as circumstances may require—should you receive any information that they are not necessary above, you will be pleased to communicate it to Generall Heath, that their march may be countermanded.
Your Excellency will perceive by the inclosed to Genl schuyler, under flying seal, that I have given discretionary powers to seize and secure a certain person, should it, upon further investigation of circumstances appear necessary. I am with the highest Respect and Esteem Yr Excellency’s Most obt and hble Ser.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.