Dobbs’s Ferrey Novr 5th 1780
The Serjeant by whome your Excellency will Receive this I have sent under his cair three disarters from New York who came to this port this afternoon; the Newspapers and other printed Letters Inclos’d with this, I took from them.
A schooner from New York under the sanction of a Flag of truce came up the River this afternoon. I brought him too, found by his passport she was bound to Sing Sing to take of three Famileys with their Effects, and Return with them to New York. Lieut. Edes who commands the Guard Boats happen’d to here, has taken hir into his charge, and is to let them take the Familes with their Effects on board, and as Sing Sing is within the Enemys lines, will let them Return to New York. And as tis probable that Flags of Truce will be frequantly up the River, could wish for your Excellenceys Instructions concerning them.
By information from the other sides the River there is large droves of Cattle sheep and hogs frequently drove to New York, and when down as low as here with a few men and unguarded. If your Excellency thinks proper to give me permission to send a party of men over the River. at some proper time to intersept and take some of them. Lieut. Lawrence an inhabitent nigh this post who is well acquainted with the Inhabitents and ground will undertake to pilot them.
The Cannon your Excellency mentioned in your instructions to me is not arrived. am Sir with every sentiment of Esteem, your Excellenceys most obedient and veary humble Servent
Judah Alden Capt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.