22 November 1780
The letter from Major Crane is left open for your perusal. You will converse with this Officer on the several objects of it, and after obtaining a knowledge of the number of Boats—their sizes—and how they can be got to the places I have mentioned to you, & have fixed the matter with respect to guides, you are to return with a report of your proceedings—at any rate you must be back by noon or friday.
Your own prudence will dictate to you a cautious conduct—not only with respect to secrecy, but for the safety of your person. Given at Head Quarters this 22d day of Novr 1780
DLC: Papers of George Washington.