27 November 1780
You will take post with and hut your brigade somewhere in the entrance of the Clove as near as possible for convenience of Wood & Water to the forks of the road that go one to Ringwood the other to Charlottenburgh—From thence you will detach constantly light flying parties towards Hackensack the liberty Pole &c. to protect the country and suppress a traffic with the enemy as much as possible; but you will not have stationary guards for this purpose—They are exposed and invite the enemy without answereing the end so well as parties continually moving from one place to another. I have ordered a party of thirty men from Your brigade to take post at Dobbes ferry—You will have them relieved every fortnight. Given at Head Quarters Nov. 27. 1780.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.