Head Quarters 29th May 1782
I think it best, under present Circumstances, that you should remain in your present Command untill the Arrival of Colo. Reed, or the removal of the Troops from Albany.
I wish it was in my power to comply with your Request for an additional Allowance of Rations, so long as you remain—I think it very reasonable, but a positive Resolve of Congress forbids it.
It is equally out of my Ability to furnish you with any Money for the Completion of the Block House at Fort plain.
I approve your Conduct in forwardg the N.York State Levies to the out posts as fast as possible & collectg the Continental Troops together as much as Circumstances will admit—that they may be reinstated in their Discipline, & be ready for any compact Service. I am sir your Most humle Servt