From Colonel William Shepard
Sufferons in the Clove [N.Y.]
Novr 18th 1777 2 oClock P.M.
I am now on my way to Deleware River with Genl Glovers Brigade now under My Command; Since we Crost Hudsons River I have Labour’d under Many Disadvantages to Retard my March; by Reason the Brigades which had Gone Forward had taken the Waggons which I Made Dependence on to Carry my Baggage; but with Much Difficulty I have Obtain’d Nearly A Sufficiency of Waggons to Carry what Baggage we Bro’t on.
I Shall take the nearest Rout from this Place to Carrells Ferry, And Desire your Excellency’s Directions by the Bearer, what Rout I Must take from that Place;1 Your Excellency May Depend I Shall Forward the March with the Utmost Dispatch in My Power. I am with Respect your Excellency’s Obedient Humle Servant
ALS, DLC:GW. A note on the cover indicates that this letter was “Favord by Capt. Ball.” Lebbeus Ball (1739–1806), a captain in Shepard’s 4th Massachusetts Regiment, was promoted to major this month.