Head Quarters Dobbs Ferry 16th Augst 1781.
I have only time to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 8th Inst. and to congratulate you on your fortunate escape, which is attended with the more flattering circumstances from its having been effected entirely by your own presence of Mind.
As the remaining part of Colo. Courtland’s Regiment is now ordered to join the main Army I have given directions to Genl Clinton to leave a small guard of Men who are the least capable of active service with you—The Commissary will have orders to replace the rum which you have borrowed for the public Service as soon as ever circumstances will conveniently admit, at present there is not enough to satisfy the most pressing necessities of the service. With great respect and esteem I have the honor to be Your most obedient Servant
DLC: Hamilton-McLane Family Papers.