Westpoint Tuesday evening the 26th Augt 1783
My dear General.
Captain Farley has this instant arrived here. The baron is at Saratoga and will be down in a few days. He has not been able to effect any thing with General Haldimand who he met at Chamblee. he would not upon any pretence admit the Baron, to visit the posts, nor would he enter into any agreement upon the subject. He added that if the definitive treaty was even signed he could not relinquish untill a considerable time afterwards. In short by what Captain Farley says there cannot be a possibility of taking possession this fall.
Lt Colonel Villefranche who set out this Afternoon from Newburgh for Princeton will inform your Excellency of more particulars. In this state of affairs will your Excellency think proper to order the detachment to proceed? The boats will be ready on thursday. The detachment and artillery have been ready since yesterday. I beg your final orders by Return. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys most obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.