Loyal American Regiment
Morrissania Novr. 13th 1777
I am very unhappy that I canít get matters forwarded here so as to give me any prospects of removing to Harleam so soon as I could wish, nothing at all is yet done towards repairing the houses that we are to go into for want of Carpenders Tools & nails to do it with.
Yesterday after I left you I called on Genl. VAUGHAN and had his directions to apply to Mr. DURNFORD for those things.
I immediately upon getting to Harleam sent a man to him at Kingsbridge, & had for answer that he was gone to Town and would not be back before Fryday.
This Morning I sent my Qur. Mast. down by water & wrote Mr. DURNFORD a second Letter, but ye Qur. Mast. is Just returned and says he could not reach ye Town ye wind being so very high & ye Tide failing him he could not get ahead; how unlucky every thing seems to Conspire to keep us hear.
I am my Dr. Sir greatly distressed & when ever I am so must apply to you for Assistance & therefore for fear I should miss of Mr. DURNFORD, beg you will be so good as to Supply the Bearer my Qur. Mast. with such Tools & Nails as may be necessary, & we should want a little Glass for ye Windows,
or if you canít Supply him yourself pray direct him where to apply for them, and let him have a waggon to bring them to Harleam, which will save us another day,
we have Carpenders Sufficient to do the work & would put 8 or 10 at it if I can get Tools for them but I would chuse to have one Carpender sent from you as head workman for no other reason but to see that proper care is taken of ye Tools &c.
Pray send ye Boat for my wood which would very much Oblige
The Qur. Mast. has a Letter
University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 26, item 38.
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