TRANSCRIPT GLC 949
George Washington. Letter signed: Head Quarters, to Col. William
Stephens Smith, 1782 Dec. 16. 2 p. + doc.
Head Quarters 16th Decr 1782
Your Letter of the 12 Instant was deliverd me yesterday
with its several inclosures, and I am to thank you for the
intelligence it contains.
I have myself seen the Work at Dobbs ferry, but cannot agree
with you as to its indefensible State; it never was calculated
to withstand a serious attack, but has always been supposed
equal to any small party that might attempt it by a Coup de
Main, and as that Post is assigned for the only communication
we have with the Enemy, it appears, if not the only, at least
the best place where the duties of your Office can be performed.
The intercourse which you say is daily increasing between
the inhabitants of the lower country and the Enemy is indeed
alarming and if possible should be broke up I wish
as you are upon the spot and acquainted with the circumstance
and nature of it, that you would suggest the measures which
you think will be most  effectual for that purpose, and
I will give them every support in my power.
The refugee you mention is at Westpoint you may send
him on Parole if he cannot be exchanged.
With great regard
I am Dear Sir
Your most obedient
from H. Qr. Decr. 16th. 1782
Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George
Washington. v. 25: 438.