West Point May 14th 1781
I have to inform your Excellency that, from Intelligence receiv’d but this moment from Colo. Scammell, the Enemy are out in force on this Side Croton, it is reported several Thousand, Capt. Hughes of the Rh. Island Regt was pursued by them, Colo. Scammell with the N. Hamp. Line has march’d—I shall immediately send to the Connecticut Line to hold themselves in readiness to march at a moments warning. I wait your Excellency’s Orders on the Occasion.
I am Yr Excellency’s Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.