Dobbs Ferry July 27th 1781
A few days ago Colo. Worme was out and order’d all the people, (between phillips & Kings bridge) to Cut their Hay & bring it on the bank of the River, that the ships Might take it off, in consequence of which about twelve [Tun] is already brought & stacked Just below phillips, on the bank of the River, should your Excellency think it not worth while to bring it off, & think proper to distroye it, I [can illegiblely do] it. some people informs me that they shall not comply with the order. I have the Honor to be with Every Sentiment of Respect & Esteem your Excellencys most Obedient & Very Humble Servant
Jno. Pray Capt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.