Philad. 5 March 1781
I received this afternoon your two letters one of the 21 of february the second of the first of march. I have not time enough to enquire how it happened so, but I am exceedingly sorry of that accident. I will do all my endeavours for Reparing it as much as it is possible. I will set off two morrow morning and I will go as fast as my horses will be able to do. I will go by new windsor and fiskill although I believe it is not the shortest road, but I have not time enough to [enquire] and I must now agree with Colonel pickering about the Road I will take on account of the horses.
I am exceedingly afraid not to join your excellency at a time, but I take the liberty to beg you (if you leave Rhodisland before I arrived there, and you have other orders to give me) to send them by the different Roads I may take. This is painfully necessary if you do not come by the same road you went. I have the hounor to be with great respect your exelleny the most humble and obed. servant
I dont think I shall arrive at newport before the 14th.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.