Camp Novr 6. 1780. Morning
I beg you will inform the General that the day he called at my quarters I sent a gentleman to the state to see what boats were there. I also directed him to go to Dobbs’s ferry to search for any that might be in that neighbourhood. The same day I went to Dodds, & found the boats wanted some, & the carriage many repairs. I ordered six more hands to work on them (for Colo. Baldwin had sent but three with an officer on my previous order) who were sent up the next day. I have an expectation that the whole may be repaired by this evening: but I will again see them, and on my return this evening or to-morrow morning inform you.
Yesterday the messenger returned from the state. He found one boat there, but a good deal shattered. He proceeded to Dobbs’s ferry, where Captain Alden, who commands at the block-house, shewed him two that were fit for service. He found pieces of two others which had been destroyed by the inhabitants. If his Excellency [woud] chuse these two should be brought to the army I will order carriages to be prepared immediately; Otherwise I would send them to King’s ferry. I am yr very obedt sert
T. Pickering Q.M.G.
P.S. There are sixty good oars at Dodds.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.