Head Quarters Dobbs Ferry Augst 16th 1781
I have received your favor of the 9th and am very well pleased with the account you give of the disposition and behaviour of the People of Vermont; the Party you mention to have been captured by them, I think must be considered as Prisoners of War, and ought to be closely confined to prevent all possibility of escape, untill they are exchanged.
I hope the Militia have arrived before this time, as I have been obliged to order the remainder of the Continental Troops to join the Main Army.
I am fully sensible of the embarrassments the several Departments labour under for the want of Money especially to pay the expences of Exp[res]ses & Persons employed to carry Intelligence, and after informing the Quar[ter] Master General of your situation in this respect, shall be very happy if he can devise ways & means to remedy the evil in future.
The Commissary will have directions to send a proportion of whatever Rum we may receive, for the use of your Department. I am Dear Sir With great regard Your Most Obedt Servant
NhHi: Papers of John Stark.