West Point 22d June 1781
The Inconvenience that must arise to service by retarding the Works necessary to our aking he Field, should the artificers detaild from the Line march with their Regiments, has induc’d me to order them to remain until your Excellency’s Pleasure is known upon the Subject, which please give me by the Express Boat which I send on Purpose.
Your Orders respecting the Flag have been punctually complied with.
I believe your Excellency imagined that the Flag was here, but she was stopt by a standing Order of mine to the Officers of stony & Verplank’s Points some Miles below those Points. I am Dear Sir with every sentiment of Respect your Excellency’s most obedient
DLC: Papers of George Washington.