West point one oClock P.M. 3 Decr 1782
My dear General
I have this instant received your note of this date. every thing here was in perfect readiness. The necessary appartus, and provisions embarked, and the party waiting at the Wharf, for orders to step unto their boats to Verplanks. every thing without suspicion. If the orginal design, should be still persisted in, I beg I may notice at least the day before it is to be executed, least [a hurry] of orders may induce other ideas than those I have dictate. I am Dear General Your truly affectionate and respectful Humble sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.