To Colonel Morgan Lewis
Head Quarters White plains 5th Augt 1778
As an expedition against the Indians to the Westward is in contemplation, I desire you will give orders to have the Batteaus in the Mohock River put in order and kept ready for such an event. Some Waggons and Horses will likewise be wanting should the expedition take place, but I would not have you either hire or purchase immediately upon an uncertainty, only be making such arrangements, that you can command them suddenly if called for. You need not be cautioned to keep the reason of these preparations secret. All other matters in your department should also be put into a proper train, to forward the expedition should it take place. Genl Schuyler is particularly well acquainted with what preparations will be necessary upon such an occasion and I would therefore have you consult him. I am &ca.
Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.