To Commodore John Hazelwood1
Head Quarters Valley forge
February 5th 1778
It is his Excellency’s desire, that you have all the public boats below the falls,2 removed as expeditiously as possible to Coryells ferry, or higher, as you may think necessary for their safety. Their present situation exposes them to being destroyed or taken without much difficulty, and we should feel the loss of them.
I am Sir Your most Obd Serv
Alex Hamilton ADC
ALS, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Hazelwood was a commodore in the Pennsylvania navy. At this time he was in charge of all American military vessels on the Delaware.
2. H is referring to the falls in the Delaware at Trenton.