Head Quarters Morris Town 10th April 1780
I have recd your favr dated the 8th. Be pleased to give directions to the Officer commanding at Elizabeth Town to send over a Flag with the prisoners as soon as they arrive there. It may sometimes happen that prisoners who come from a distance may arrive at Elizabeth Town before the Commy of prisoners can have previous notice, in that case, there will be a necessity for their waiting untill a Flag can be applied for and obtained.
You will take such steps respecting the security of the Boats upon Passaick River as you may think conducive to the safety of the posts, without unnecessarily distressing the owners. But I would not wish Capt. Kennedy’s Boat to be taken, while another can be procured for the purpose of a guard Boat. It is true he is in England, but he went thither by permission of the State. I am Dear Sir yr most obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.