<br /> Lee Letter: n90

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

This morning your letter dated at Paramus, came to hand. I thank
you for the intelligence it contained. I have received similar accounts
from the other side of the river transmitted by different persons.

In the present situation of affairs it is important to discover if possible
the views as well as movements of the enemy; for this purpose I should
think you might fix on some inhabitant of Hackensack or Bergen whose
duplicity of conduct would with proper instructions from you enable him
to obtain very satisfactory information by getting into the enemys Camp
or perhaps New York. If such an one is to be met with the sooner he is
sent on the business the better.

Yours, &c.

P.S. It is reported that a number of transports are getting in readiness
and some Regiments ordered for embarkation. This should be particularly
inquired into, and their probable
destination.1

Notes:

1 The draft is in the writing of Richard Kidder Meade.