George Washington Papers

From Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. to Timothy Pickering, 28 June 1781

Head Quarters Peekskill 28th June 1781


By Comand of His Excellency, I give you the followg Extract from a Letter just received from Genl Schuyler—dated Poughkeepsie 25th instant.

"As our Boards are all of the Length of 14 feet, I find they will Work to the best Advantage if the Boats are 32 feet instead of 35 feet long—& that each Boat will require 12 lb. of 20d. Nails—14 lb. of 10d.—& 8 lb.—of 8d. Nails.

If the Nails & Oakum arrive in Time & the Weather proves favorable, I am in Hopes to compleat the Boats in Twenty Days after my Arrival in Albany—as Mr Cuyler informs me that 150 Carpenters may be procured at 14/. Currency per Day for Master Workmen & 10/ for the others—they findg themselves in Rum, Provisions & Tools."

His Excellency being exceedingly anxious for the Completion of the Boats—hopes that no Failure may happen on your Part, to produce any the least Delay to the finishg the Number mentioned by Genl Schuyler in the Time he has sett. I am sir Your most Obedt Servt

Jona. Trumbull Junr

DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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