25 February 1781
You will proceed with the party under your command to Danbury, and, upon your arrival there, deliver the inclosed to Mr Berrien. Should he refuse to deliver the public Hospital Stores in his possession, you are to take them by force, and deliver them to the charge of the person whom Doctor Cochran the Director Genl will order to attend you—You will apply to the Dy Qr Mr Genl at Danbury for Waggons or Carriages to transport the Stores to Fishkill and you will escort them safe thither.
Should you be obliged to use military force to obtain these stores, which I hope will not be the case—you will proceed with prudence in the execution of your duty. Given at Head Quarters New Windsor the 25th day of Feby 1781.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.