Closter Augt 24th 1780
have received orders to tarry & guard the two Landing places thinks it most proper to remain at the same Quarters having no tents to shelter us from the weather untill further orders.
have Stationed A Subn Guard at the Lowr Landing & A Sergt at the upper please to Inform me if not right—am at present much Necessiated for provision—knows not where to apply pray be so kind as to give me Direction how to procure it—have been Denyed by several of the Comy by reason A scarcity in Store. I am Sir your Humble & obt Servt
Thos Blanch Capt.
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