Philadelphia March 4th 1782
I have received your favor of the 16th Ulto and am extremely obliged by the pains you have taken to ascertain the matter respecting the Vessels said to be in the Ice in Lake Champlain.
The Season is so far advanced without hearing any thing further of the matter, that I immagine it will be too late to make an attempt upon them supposing them to have been caught in the Ice in the course of the Winter: but that no time may be lost, should you, upon the return of the Scout, think the measure still practicable, I have written to General Heath to furnish a proper party upon your application equipped as you shall direct.
Congress have come to some determination upon the affair of Vermont. I have not seen the Resolve but from what I hear it will not be agreable to the people of the Grants—I am very apprehensive that we shall experience trouble in that quarter in the course of the approaching Summer, with great regard I am Dr Sir Your Most Obed. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.