To Vice Admiral d’Estaing
Haverstraw [N.Y.] July 18th 1778 8 OClock P.M.
Captain Wm Dobbs will have the honor of delivering you this. He has the character of an able experienced seaman; and, for a considerable time, has been esteemed among the first pilots, on account of his general knowledge of the Coast & Harbours, & particularly with those of New-York. Added to these considerations, he is firmly attached to the cause of America, and you may repose in him the strictest confidence. I should have prevailed on him before to wait upon you, but his indisposition prevented. I have the honor to be with the utmost esteem & respect Sir Yr Most Obedt & Most Hbl. sert
Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.