Head Quarters New Windsor 9th May 1781
I have received your favor of the 24th of April. Immediately after the accident happened to the post in the Clove, I changed the Route and he now travels by the way of Warwick to Morris Town, which is but a few Miles further about, and upon a Road which is as safe as any in this part of the Country can be.
It would be impossible for me, was the occasion ever so urgent, to send escorts of Horse with the Mails as you propose. In the first place, I have not the Horse, and if I had, I could not find them subsistence. It is with difficulty I keep two orderly Dragoons at Head Quarters. I am sir Your most obt Servt
PPAmP: Ebenezer Hazard Papers.