Basken Ridge N. Jersey 11th Augt 81
Captain Dobbs with five other Gentlemen arrived here last Evening, for whome I have procured accomodations in this Neighbourhood.
I have not received any orders or directions from your Excellency, nor the Admiralty board how they are to be supplied with Horses &c. to conduct them down to the Shore, or to procure Boats, or any other necessaries which may be wanted for the service, there being no Quarter Masters in this neighbourhood, nor have I any Authority to apply, if there was, a Guard will be indispensably necessary, for we have to go a considerable way through a disaffected Country with submission to your Excellency. A Requisition from you to the Governor of this state for some of the Militia light Horse would answer, and I would beg leave to mention to your excellency that if Genl Freeman should think it safe for us to stay att or near momouth, it would forward the service amazeingly, this place being so far distant. I am with Respect Your Excellency’s Most Obet Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.