17 August 1783
You are hereby directed to repair immediately to the Northward, in order to make Arrangements for transporting the Garrisons and Stores to the Western Posts. You will on your way, wait upon His Excellency Governor Clinton and receive such Sum of Money as he shall direct to be paid in consequence of the Letter I shall write to him by you; which is to be appropriate in the best and most economical manner to the before mentioned service.
Your principal object is to procure by contract or in any other manner, at the most reasonable rate, to the amount of 100 well built Batteaux, completely fitted for use. if in the first instance you can engage payment only for 30 or 40 let so many be instantly begun; and in negotiating this business you will be pleased to consult with Colo. Willet, who will give you his advice and assistance on all occasions. Remember it is necessary all the Boats should be in readiness, if possible, in six, seven or Eight Weeks at farthest from the date hereof; And as the service is important you will use your greatest exertions for the accomplishment of it.
You will in the next place make Provision for the Transportation of the Boats, with every thing that will be required for the Garrisons across the Carrying places, until they shall be put into the Wood Creek; And in General you will supply, in the best manner you are able, all such Articles as may be wanted from the Quarter Master’s Department, Superintending the business yourself, and taking the advice of Colo. Willet on all important matters relative to the operation, until you shall hear further from the Quarter Master General or Myself. Given at Head Quarters Newburgh August 17th 1783.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.