Pokeepsie 26th Jany 1781.
The Express with your Excellency’s Letter of the 23d Instant overtook me this Afternoon on my Way to Albany about ten Miles from this Place & I immediately returned that I might have an Opportunity of repeating my Orders to the Agent to use every Possible Exertion to collect Supplies for the Army & facilitate the Transportation of them to the Posts in the Highlands. I am happy to inform your Excellency that I mett upon the Road near two hundred Barrels of Flour greater Part of which will reach Fishkill this Evening; and I have Reason to believe that the present Sleighing will enable us to get in such a Supply from different Quarters of the Country as at least to prevent immediate Want. With respect to the Article of Meat little is to be expected of us but I am persuaded that our Agent and his Assistants will use their best Endeavours to obtain as much as they possibly can.
I shoud in the present critical Situation of Affairs defer going to Albany that I might be at Hand to render your Excellency every Assistance in my Power; But from Intimations given me by Colo. Hughes lately from Albany there is some Reason to Apprehend that the Troops there may follow this Example of those of Pensylvania & Jersey I conceive it my Duty therefore to be near them & prevent (if possible) this Spirit of Discontent from spreading & If your Excellency should have Occasion for the Assistance of any Part of the Militia in my Absence I beg you will be pleased to call upon the Officers command[ing] the Regiments most convenient as an Application to me might be attended with too much Delay. I am perswad[ed] you will discover a Disposition in them to comply with your Excellency’s Directions. I am with the highest Regard & Esteem Dr Sir Your Most Obedt Servt
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