Head Quarters 10th May 1781
His Excellency very much approves your plan of bringing down the shad daily—only taking care to give each Cargo as much salt as will secure them against a passage longer than the common calculation.
The Magazine at West point is in a more deplorable condition for want of a covering of Boards. The last Storm has damaged the Ammunition considerably and now the Water has found its way in, very little Rain will be hurtful. It will take about 200 Boards to cover the Magazine. If they cannot be procured by any other means the General will grant an impress. You will be pleased to see as soon as possible what can be done in it. I am Yr most obt Servt
Tench Tilghman A.D.C.
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.