Poughkiepsee 5 Jan. 1781
I took the liberty of mentioning to your Excellency in mine of 2nd inst: the necessity, if men could be spared for the purpose, of sending off Batteaux in Quest of flour at the different Landings, as I have heard nothing on that subject since am affraid the Letter has miscarried, and am therefore again induced to request You will give orders for that purpose especially as since my last I have seen several of my Assistants, who, not withstanding the excessive badness of the roads, will I am convinced gett a considerable quantity to the water side as soon as the batteaux or vessells arrive—You will please observe there is some now lays within a mile or two of the Water side which cannot be removed till the vessells are ready to take it in as there are no Store houses at the Landings nearest which it is at present deposited.
If any vessels or batteaux are ordered up I could wish the Masters or officer commanding was desired to call upon me, that they may have no unnecessary delay at any of the Landings.
I recd intelligence from Albany that a supply of fifty barrells of flour had gone on for Fort Schuyler and that sevty more would be ready by 15th Jany. I am wt. the utmost respect Your Excellencys most obedient and very humble Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.