Head Quarters 22d November 1780
You have been directed to furnish the Commanding Officer of the Boats with materials for muffling the Oars. to pay particular attention that they are in good order—well provided with oars—mounted on good Carriages and in such a manner that they cannot be injured—that the Horses are with them by Thursday 12 OClock—that they are then removed through the Notch below the mountain, there to remain ‘till Friday Morning—that there is Hay (and Grain if possible ready at that place ready to feed them amply) and that there is Hay and Grain also at Acquaquenack Bridge to feed them during their halt there. These particulars I doubt not you have taken your measures for.
I have now to add that on Friday by [ ] OClock the transportation of the Boats from the Notch to Acquaquenack Bridge is to commence, and that it will be of the greatest importance, to have a compleat relief of good Horses, ready at Acquaquenack Bridge, early on Friday Afternoon to accompany the Boats, and at a proper place releive the others, to hasten the transportation.
You will also furnish the Officer commanding the Boats with Oakum, thin plank and Nails to repair them with expedition in case of accident.
I must entreat your personal attention, as for as practicable, to the execution of these orders, that there may be a failure in no single Article to defeat our object, which, if happily terminated, will have the most valuable consequences. I rely absolutely on your exertions, and will not doubt the accomplishment of my wishes so far as depends upon you. I am with real Regard and Esteem Sir Your most obt Servt
P.S. Some Forage will be necessary at the park of Artillery for the Horses that are to move the heavy pieces.
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.