Claverac 21 July 1780
Upon my arrival here last night very unexpectedly found a number of the Militia from the State of Machutussetts who had orders to remain here from the General brevt till your Excellencie’s Pleasure was known, which order would extend as their commanding Officers informd me to at least six thousand men; as no Provision of any sort has ever been directed to be made for them that I can hear of, and as it is impossible immediately to lay in a proper supply for such a body I have advised their commanding Officer to march to Fish Kill as soon as he has gott four days Provision which I shall endeavour immediately to procure for him.
This come by express that your Excellency’s Determination may be known as soon as possible. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your Excellency’s most obedient and very humble Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.