I have at length been fortunate enough to engage a Man to Undertake the Building of the Battearey, and Sawyers enough to get the Timber for them. They are to go to work to morrow morning. It is a kind of Work none of the people hereabouts have been accustomed to, & it is difficult to persuade them to exert the genius for doing any thing out of the old way. However, one has ventured on it at last, & I am convinced he will find the work so simple that He will not repent of his Undertaking.
I have got from Major Anderson a Return of all the Flatts within a reasonable distance of this place, to the amount of about a dozen. The River affords no other kind of Boats whatever. Those Flatts belong to the different Ferries, so that to bring them here immediately would interrupt the passage of the River at every other place. I apprehend that under these circumstances a knowledge of them, & where they are, so as to be able to command them at a short warning, whenever an occasion may require them, will be more agreable to you than to have them brought together now. I have therefore let them rest till your future orders. They are in the hands of friendly people.
I have taken as good a view of the ground on the River hereabouts as I have been able, but the Country is so exceedingly thick Set with lofty Woods that a competent knowledge cannot be obtained without visiting every place. The Fording places, however, must at all events claim attention. Kings & Kemps I
I last night received a letter from our Friend Hodgdon. He has sent forward to Richmond a Commissary of Military Stores, with a Competent set of Hands for erecting a Compleat System for the preparation of Military Stores. I shall Write to The Commissary to morrow, & request him, if he can do it without deranging his business there, to send forward a Travelling Forge equipped for the Field.