New Windsor 20th Feby 1781
My dear Marq.
The inclosed are your Instructions, in the prosecution of wch if you should receive authentic intelligence of the Enemy’s having left Virginia—Or by adverse fortune the detachment from Monsr Destouches has lost its superiority in that State and disabled thereby to cooperate with you—You will return with the Detachment under your Command, as the enemy cannot be effected by it while they have the command of the Water but the Detachment capitally injured by committing it [ ] the [ ] water [ ] Your success.[ ] I am D[ ]arqs Yr most Obt & Affe Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.