Haverstraw April 4th 1782
His Excellency Governor Clinton has been so kind as to grant me a permit for my Sister inlaw to Come from New York, & to reside with me in the Manor Livingston, of which the inclosed is a Copy, I should have sent the original, but for fear of losing it. for this purpose, I am so far on my way to Elizabeth town, and have my friend point me out an easier and less expensive mode of Conveying my Sister, her daughter & their baggage, than what I was going to persue—Which is, for a flag to come here from New York, and from hence to proceed in a Petty Augar piragua to the Manor—I should deem myself extremely fortunate, if your Excellency has no Objection to my passing the forts in this Manner, and will do me the favor, to grant me your permit.
I request you will be so good as to excuse the liberty of a stranger, which ever shall be Most gratefully Acknowledged by Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.