Head Quarters New Windsor Decr 15th 1780
If the Boats which were with the Army, have not yet been brought on to Kings-Ferry, His Excellency requests no time may be lost in having it done, by impressing Teams, or other the most efficacious means; and that they may be forwarded to Murderers Creek immediately, to be laid up there, together with such Boats as may be sent from West Point in consequence of the General Order of the Inst.—Which he requests may be also carried into execution without delay, lest the River should be frozen, & the Boats finally lost.
Should there be any among the first Mentioned Boats, that are fit for the service of Guard Boats, they are to be delivered to Capt. Welles’ Order—And in the Mean time the General desires, the Bearer an Officer of Capt. Welles detachment may have direction to collect & take for that service, such Public Whale Boats, or other light Boats, as may be on the River above this place. I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obed. Servt
D. Humphrys A.D. Camp
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.