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Engineer's Department
Mercer to DeLancey

New York 3d July 1781--


You will be pleased to inform His Excellency the Commr. in Chief that we are employed at the following places, Vizt.

Kingsbridge 16 miles from N. York -- Repairing & giving Additional Strength to the Works, & making Fascines for such purposes as may be necessary.

Hornshook mid way between -- Making Fascines & Collecting Materials for the Fort, Batteries & Covering Redout.

Brooklyn opposite on L. Island -- Making Fascines & Collecting Materials &ca. Levelling the Upper part of the Spiral Redout, (so that it may be Commanded by the Fire of the Fort) and in Repairing & Strengthening the whole, for the Security of the Right Flank.

Paulus Hook opposite in Jersey -- Raising and Thickening the Fronts of the Works-- Repairing & giving Additional Strength, and preparing Materials for an Intermediate Battery of Eight or Ten Guns.

Staten Island six miles across the river & 10 miles further in the Island -- Repairing and Strengthening the Works at Richmond-- Raising & Thickening the Front of the FlagStaff Redout, & producing the Work, from the Rear to the Edge of the Cliff, so as to gain Two Flanks-- The Rear to remain as a Traverse-- Making Fascines & Collecting Fraising, Plank &ca.

I have the Honour to be
Your most obedient
& most humle. Servant
Commg. Engineer

   Adjt. General &ca. &ca. &ca.

[Italics are in the handwriting of Sir Henry CLINTON]

University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 162, item 14.

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