22 October 1780
I Received last night the letter your Excellency has honoured me with, your orders concerning the Safety of this post Shall be exactly comply’d with.
I found very extraordinary that in a place where there is So many publick buildings as in this, there is not the least preparation made in case of an accident by fire, which can be attended with bad consequences; I represented to day that matter to General heath, desiring him to order the engine to be immediately repaired, I will have Some long ladders made for the Same purpose, and Some for the use of the works, as they are of the utmost necessity he gave me leave to Set the carpenters immediately at work.
I would not give you any account of Such trifles, if I did not Know how much your Excellency is anxious to have all the best precautions taken. I am with great Respect your Excellency’s the most humble and obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.