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I wish that orders may be given to the Officers commanding your detachments to prevent flags, sent by the enemy, from passing through Country.
They should be halted as soon as they are discovered, their papers recieved, and they ordered to return immediately or wait for their answer as circumstances may render it necessary: but should never be permitted to advance without particular orders. It is to be supposed the Enemy have always some private objects to answer which ought to be counteracted as much as possible. I am With esteem
Your Most Obedt Humble Servant
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 13 January 2018]