Head Quarters New Windsor 4th June 1781
You will proceed to Elizabeth Town in New Jersey and make enquiry, in a way to avoid suspicion, whether a certain patrick Smith of Albany is or has been lately in that neighbourhood, or if he has lately found means to go from thence to New York. If you find him in the neighbourhood of Elizabeth Town you will apprehend him and immediately secure any papers he may have about him or at his lodgings. Should he be gone into New York you will endeavour to find the time of his return and wait for him. Should you apprehend him you will bring him up under a Guard, for which you will apply to Colo. Dayton an officer commanding the Jersey line. If you hear nothing of Smith you will return to this place. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.