Head Quars: Philada, March 4th 1782
In reply to your letter of yesterday I have to observe. although I am not so particularly acquainted with the different uses & conveniences of different kinds of water craft, as to be able to judge with accuracy of their respective utility from my own knowledge, yet from the reasons you have given, I am induced to believe that the advantage of Pettiangers over Batteaux & flat bottomed boats, in certain services, will more than counterbalance the difference of expense, & that it would be expedient for them to be made use of in the manner you propose at West Point & Kings ferry.
I am also of opinion that all things considered, it will be a saving to the public in the end, to raise a company of watersmen for the purpose you suggest to be employed under the care of an active, faithful & skillful Superintendant. who shall be immediately responsible for the preservation & repair of the boats in ordinary use as well as others. That measure therefore will meet the approbation of Sir Your most Obdt Servant
MHi: Timothy Pickering Papers.