From William Davies
Richmond April 21. 81.
Col. Th. M. Randolph has a large flat or lighter, which he tells me can go sixteen miles above his house. It would carry off a great deal of stores if we had it, and I am very apprehensive without it we shall lose a great deal. I am but little acquainted with him, otherwise should make the request myself. I would therefore submit it to your Excellency whether you would think it proper to request him to send it down, so as to carry up one load at least.
I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s most hbl serv.,
RC (Vi); addressed and endorsed.
His house: Tuckahoe, on the north side of the James in the southern part of Goochland co. The following letter from Capt. Henry Dudley to Davies, 21 Apr. 1781, may indicate that Randolph’s “flat or lighter” was obtained promptly: “I am Remuving the Cannon up The River as fast as possable in flat. As I conseave the shott and moytr [mortar] beds as of the smallest value shall leave them to the las. I have taken 18 of the Military for that purpose. We are told that the british troops are in Wmsburg. …” (Vi; but see note to Syme to TJ, 21 Apr. for difficulties between him and Dudley.)