Camp June 29. 1781.
Previous to General Schuylers demand for nails, I have ordered from Pensylvania all that could be spared from the immediate services of the posts in that state; in consequence, Colo. Miles, my deputy there, sent from Philadelphia—
|487||lbs.||spikes and deck nails|
which were forwarded from Trenton June 22d by teams to go thro’ to Kings’ ferry.
These I suppose have arrived to-day at Kingsferry. Tomorrow morning my storekeeper will go down to receive them. Such as suit with Genl Schuyler’s estimate will be sent to Albany without delay. Colo. Miles had no 10d. nails, which are the kind most wanted for the boats: However, these, with the 8d. nails, being the smallest that are required, & taking but little iron to make them, I should not despair of furnishing enough of them, even if none should come from Pensylvania in consequence of my last demand. Of the sizes above mentioned there will now be more than sufficient for twice the number of boats required. As the caulking of the boats is the last part of the builders work, I cannot doubt of receiving oakum in time from Philadelphia, should none arrive in the interim from Springfield.
You will be pleased to communicate the information to the General. I am dear sir yr most obedt servt
T. Pickering Q.M.G.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.