Newburgh May 18, 1781
The return of boats of which your Excellency has a copy, is dated the 2d of April. At that time there appeared to be 60 batteaux at Wappon’s creek that were repairable. On the 29th of April there were eight batteaux there under repair, & fifteen more repairable, but very old. The residue, of consequence, of the 60, had been repaired & taken away. But I do not know of any repaired elsewhere; tho’ materials have been collecting for repairing boats at West point, where also those at King’s ferry are to be repaired; and these repairs are begun, or ready to commence.
By a memorandum made the same day (April 29th) from Colo. Hughes’s personal information, it appears there were 150 batteaux building at Albany; and a day or two afterwards, when we visited West point & King’s ferry, finding flat boats wanting, it was agreed that a number should be built at Wappon’s creek immediately, and Colo. Hughes said he would give orders accordingly. The precise number was not fixed; but the object of the order was a full supply of those boats for King’s ferry, West Point & Newburgh ferry.
I have the honour to be with the greatest respect your Excellency’s most obedt servant
T. Pickering Q.M.G.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.