29 April 1781
If Jesse Cole, an Inhabitant of the City of New York, will undertake to communicate with me through the Channel that has been proposed to him, or any other which may be more direct and better—and will give me regular information of the enemys movements—strength—& designs, as far as he can come at them from good information & his own observation, particularly noting their reinforcements—Embarkations—and the disposition of their Troops on the different Islands—& of their ships of war in the Harbr and where the case requires it will give this intelligence with dispatch. I do, in behalf of the United States, promise that due consideration of his services shall be had—& compensation made when circumstances will admit of it. Given at Hd Qrs New Windsor this 29th day of Apl 1781
DLC: Papers of George Washington.