Head Quarters Dobbs’s Ferry 17th Augt 1781.
I have in confidence imparted to you the alteration of our late plan and made you acquainted with our intended operations—Besides the provision necessary at the Head of Elk to carry the troops down the Bay a very considerable Quantity will be wanted in Virginia. I should suppose three hundred Barrels of Flour—as many of salt Meat and eight or ten Hhds of Rum would be sufficient at Elk—For what will be consumed in Virginia, I imagine the order must be general, as we can neither ascertain the number of Men which will be drawn together or the time they will be employed.
I have written to the Count de Grasse and have requested him to send up his light Vessels of every kind to Elk, but I would nevertheless wish to have all that may be at Baltimore and the upper parts of the Bay, secured. I shall therefore be obliged to you to take measures at a proper time for that purpose. When that time will be and when you shall give orders for the deposit at Elk, I will hereafter inform you.
I shall direct the Quarter Master in due season to take up all the small Craft in Delaware for the purpose of transporting the Troops from Trenton to Christeen. Should he have occasion for advice or assistance from you upon this occasion I must request you to give him both.
I am confident it will be necessary to give the American Troops destined for southern service one Months pay in specie—This will amount to about [ ] dollars—If it will be possible for you to procure this sum you will infinitely oblige me and will much benefit the service—I shall also stand in need of a sum of Specie for secret services—I suppose about 500 Guineas. I have the honor to be with sincere Esteem Dr Sir Yr most obt servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.