Dobbs’s Ferry 1st Jany 1783
I am to acknowledge the receipt of the dispatches from Head Quarters of the 27th Ulto and am obliged to your Excellency for the indulgence granted, and assure you I shall not make use of it, untill the situation of the Post will fully justify it—The Letter to Sir Guy Carleton was forwarded the morning after I received it.
I have the honor of enclosing a Letter directed to your Excellency, rec’d by Flagg—also the last Papers, forwarded this morning, by a Friend below, who informs, that a Number of Transports, were removed yesterday, from their Winter-Station, to the Warf’s; and are preparing for Sea, these I immagine will compose the fleet mentioned in my last—should their Plan, prove more extensive, I think I shall be able to forward the earliest Intelligence of it[.] I am Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Servt
W.S. Smith Lt Colo.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.