Head Quarters 15th July 1780
The moment for commencing our operations is so near that no time is to be lost in bringing forward to the North-River, a proper proportion of intrenching tools for an operation against New York with all the ents which can be procured. To you it would be wholly unnecessary to recommend expedition. I am Dr Sir &
P.S. Have you intrenching tools in this quarter, or how soon could they be had in case we should have occasion for them.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.