Near Newbrought febry 25. 1781
Eighteen Carpenters and eight fatugee men are employed at present on the work—six Carpenters and twelve fatugee men (Besides those already employd) are wanted to compleate the rafts in proper season.
If these men wanted will be sent soon. And the Quarter Master General provides the several articles wanted to compleate the rafts (acording to a requist made) The Chain will be ready to be put cross the river in good season. I have the honor to be Sir Your Excellencys most obedt and very Humble servant
D. Niven Capt. of Engineers
DLC: Papers of George Washington.