Dobbs’s ferry 27th Jany 1783 3 oClock P.M.
A Capt. of the Pensylvania Artillery acting in the Marine Department, has this instant arrived He informs me, that he Left, the day before yesterday a Subaltern and 13 men at Brunswick, charged with the safe conveying upwards of 60 seamen Prisoners of War. to this post, on their way to new York He expects them here this Night. There being no arrangement made by the Minister of War or the Agent of Marine for their subsistance on the road, they are in the most distressed situation for the want of provisions which will increase when their expectations of receiving a supply at this post vanishes.
The river is close; so that I shall be obliged to send them by Land with a Flagg and Escort, immediately upon their arriving and rely upon the Inhabitants below, for their Subsistance—It is a most painful Situation—If the Officers at paulus Hook will not receive them—I know not what steps to take for their immediate supply—Your Excellency’s instructions upon this subject, will be very acceptable Inclosed are Letters the Genl brought with him directed to New York. I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Servant
W.S. Smith Lt Coll
DLC: Papers of George Washington.