Dobbs ferry 8th Feby 1783
Inclosed is a Letter from New York directed to me your Excellency will observe it contains permission for me to enter the City by way of Paulus Hook.
It appears to me necessary that the Flag orders should come from Head Quarters as it may not be proper for an officer commanding to issue Flag orders for his own conveyance.
Mr Merrit has finished his business and returned—so that the flag orders need not contain any other persons than myself and servant, the Lieutenant of the flag and a small Escort whose names I will insert in the margin. I have the honor to be Your Excellncy’s Most Obedient Servant
W.S. Smith Lt Colo. &ca
P.S. The Sybel, a french 44 gun frigate was this morning brought into Yorkdismasted.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.