Head Quarters New Windsor 5th Janry 1781
Immediately upon the receipt of yours of the 2d His Excellency gave directions to General Heath to send Boats up the River with orders to the Officers commanding them to call upon you. I hope they will make a successful trip, as the Garrison were yesterday upon half allowance of Flour and I do not know whether they have any to day—The Quarter Master General had directions to promise an indemnification to the Owners of sloops who would put them out again at this season—and His Excellency authorises you to do the same—The season is favorable beyond all expectation and every day of open weather ought to be [improved] to the utmost—Be pleased to forward the inclosed to Mrs Montgomery. I am with great Esteem Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.