Kings Ferry Augt 24th 1781
Be so good as to use your best endeavours to obtain intelligence from York and Staten Island, that we may know what effect our late movements have produced. ascertain the strength of the Enemy on Staten Island, & whether any Troops have arrived from Virginia—What Boats could, on an emergency, be procured between Newark &and Amboy for transporting Troops if they should be required. and hold your own Corps and Hazens Regiment provided with Teams to move your light Baggage at any moment.
Let your Expresses (if you should have occasion to send any) come from Chatham by the two Bridges, at the Fork, to Pompton & thence along the common road to this place. I am Dr Sir Your most Obedt Servant
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