Light Infantry Camp October 1st 1782
On my March from Dobb’s ferry I fell in with five or Six Noncommissioned Officers and several Privates who had gone down in a Boat from Verplanks Point and landed near Tarry town, on examination I found they had a pass from Lieut. Col. Sherman to go into the Country and return at Evening roll call, these parties have an opportunity of plundering the Inhabitants or deserting to the Enemy, it being a practice which I conceive dangerous and unmilitary has induced me to report it. With Esteem I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Servt
Saml B. Webb
DLC: Papers of George Washington.