Head Quarters Dobbs Ferry Augst 15th 1781
The enclosed Dispatches for the Marquis De La Fayette are of the greatest importance—If there is a Chain of Expresses established, that the conveyance may be depended upon in the shortest conceivable time, you will have them instantly forwarded by that mode—If there is no such establishment, I must request you will forward the Letter immediately by a trusty, active Express, with Orders to ride night & day, and to call on the Magistrates, or Miltiary Officers for Horses & assistance; & to deliver the Letter to the Marquis at the earliest possible period.
You will be pleased to acknowledge the receipt of this, noting the moment when it comes to hand & informing me of the mode of conveyance by which you have expedited the Dispatches for the Marquis. I am Sir Your Most Obedt Servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.