Head Quarters Dobbs Ferry 7th Augst 1781
I have received your Favor of the 20th ulto—I am very sorry to observe the unfavorable Prospect you give me of the Recruiting the Pensylvania Line—that I may have a decided Knowlege of the Success of this Business from time to time, you will be pleased to give me by every post, a Weekly Acco. of the Numbers recruited in each Week—& that it may be done with Clearness & Precision, you will be very pointed in your Orders to the several Parties in the different Parts of the State, that they be very punctual in makg you the fullest & most perfect Returns of their Proceedings every Week.
Colo. Nickola, with the Invalid Corps, is arrived at West Point—the Charges against him, inclosed in your last, are received—upon which he will have an Opportunity to make his Defence.
The Movement of Lord Cornwallis, with the Troops under his Comand, will probably be soon decided—on the Circumstances of this Event, may hang many of our future Movements—of which so far as they may relate to your Command, you will be duly noticed. with much Regard & Esteem I am sir Your most Obedient & humble Servant