George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel Udny Hay, 1 August 1780

To Lieutenant Colonel Udny Hay

Peck’s Kill August 1. 1780

Dr Sir

From the great & many difficulties and the delay which attend land transportation, I think it essential that several of the Albany Sloops should be brought down to Kings ferry as soon as possible, where they can occasionally take in provision & other Stores and convey them down the River to some Landing convenient to the Army.1 You will therefore pursue immediate measures for collecting a good Many & have them brought down to Kings ferry. And you will embrace the opportunity which will be offered by their coming, to bring down all the plank & Square Timber that may be collected.2 Too much expedition cannot be used in executing this busin⟨ess⟩. I am Dr Sir, with great regard Yr Most Obedt st


Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For previous use of these sloops to convey troops and provisions, see GW to George Clinton, 28 May; see also GW to James Clinton, 30 May.

2For the orders to collect this plank and timber, see GW to Morgan Lewis, 31 July, and the source note to that document.

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