George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Silvanus Seely, 21 August 1781

Dobbs’ Ferry 21st Augt 1781


I received your Excellencys favour of this day, and shall wait your further orders—as to the orders I received from Coll Dayton they were to Continue on this Ground untill the Morning of the 22nd & then to follow his Rout to Springfield—In consequence of which he left me but four days flour & three days Beef—which expires the 22nd & 23rd I have therefore sent my Q.M. to Kings Ferry to draw for six days and should he not be able to draw we shall be in a bad situation—There is no Movement with the Brittish since Colo. Dayton left this that are Discoverable. I have the Honor to be Your Excellencies Most Obedt

Silvs Seely

N.B. Since writing Two Gun boats & a Barge of the Enemy came up nearly opposite this Ferry & after reconoitering Return’d down about a Mile and came too—& there remains.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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