WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799.
"THE ENEMY HAVE SO MANY EMISSARIES AMONG US THAT SCARCE A MOVE OR AN ORDER PASSES UNNOTICED."
Letter Signed ("Go:Washington"), 1 p, folio (conjoining address leaf), Head Quarters, Col. Deys, [Wayne, NJ], July 20, 1780, to Brigadier General Wayne, some expert repairs to folds, minor toning, some tiny chips to edges, extremely good.
Outstanding letter in which George Washington gives last-minute orders to General "Mad" Anthony Wayne for the assault on the British blockhouse at Bulls Ferry, New Jersey. Additionally, Washington complains of the prevalence of British spies among his men, little knowing that he would soon be betrayed by one of his closest allies, Benedict Arnold.
In full: "You will proceed with the 1st and 2d Pennsylvania Brigades and Col. Moylans Regt. of Dragoons upon the execution of the Business planned in yours of yesterday. I do not at present think of any necessary alterations in plan submitted to me, except that of detailing a few Horse this afternoon to patrol all night, and see that the Enemy do not, in the course of the Night, throw over any troops to form an ambuscade. They need not go so low down, or in such numbers, as to create any alarm. They may inquire as they go, for Deserters, after whom they may say they are in pursuit. The enemy have so many emissaries among us that scarce a move or an order passes unnoticed. You are so well acquainted with the critical situation of the Ground, that it is needless in me to recommend the extreme of caution. I most heartily wish you success being with real Esteem Dear Sir / yr most obt Servt
Washington appointed Benedict Arnold Commander of West Point in the first week of August; Arnolds treason was discovered in September. General Wayne was critical in preventing the surrender of West Point after Arnold's betrayal.