George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Darby, 22 November 1780

Two Bridges Novr 22d 1780

Dear Sir

In the Estimate I mad the other Day, of the number of men, the Boats would Carry, I included the five water men in that Number & the Number of men I estimat to carry the boats—could carry them on level Ground about 200 yards—with hand spiks fixst for that purpos to carry them in ruf & Difficult Ground it will require about five or 6 more men to carry them—I found by Experence I could not carry them on Oars without Braking them. the Oars for Each boat I carry in the boat [Stopt] to the [thawarts], that the moment the boats are Lanchd into the water the men Step in, the oars are ready. I have not recd any more Boats Since my report—I Just recd a letter from Colo. Pickering that ten More Boats would be here to Day. I shall be very punctual in sending the officers to Aquahanack bridg at the time mentiond, in obeying all other Orders your Excellency Shall See fitt to Order. I am with respect Yours &c.

Sam Darby


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