Head Quarters, New York, July 6th 1776
Parole Essex.Countersign France.
The Quarter-Master-General to have all the empty Casks, which have been collected, filled with fresh Water, to be changed occasionally.
The General hopes the officers and soldiers will improve this opportunity, to get their Arms in the best Order for service—as they cannot tell how soon, or how suddenly, they may be called forth.1
Two hundred men properly officered (exclusive of the number ordered the 3rd Instant) to parade to morrow morng, five OClock at the Laboratory, with four days provisions—they will receive tools and directions from the chief Engineer.
Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. “Henshaw’s Orderly Book,” description begins “The Orderly Books of Colonel William Henshaw, October 1, 1775, through October 3, 1776.” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, n.s., 57 (1948): 17–234. description ends 172, includes here: “For Fatigue to Morrow in Camp the same as this Day.” See also Dodge, “Orderly Book,” description begins “Orderly Book Kept by Capt. Abraham Dodge of Ipswich, January 1, 1776 to August 1, 1776.” Essex Institute Historical Collections 80 (1944): 37–53, 111–30, 208–28, 368–84; 81 (1945): 87–94, 152–175. description ends 81:92.