Head Quarters Peekskill June 30th 1781
On the first day of July (that is tomorrow) you will assemble all the men of the three Companies of the State Troops of New York under your Command at Bedford—where you will meet with Colonel Sheldon at or before night, from whom you will be pleased to receive your Orders—It will be necessary for you previously to draw four days provision for the men & have their Arms, Accoutrements & Ammunition in the most perfect readiness for use—I request in the most earnest manner, that you will not Show this Letter, or mention the subject of it to any Person, or make any extraordinary noise, or give any occasion to a suspicion, either among your own Officers or Men, or the Country People, that you are making preparations for any movement whatever. On your punctual compliance with this Order, your reputation as any officer must depend. I am Sir Your Most Obedt Servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.