George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Egbert Benson, 14 July 1776

From Egbert Benson

Red Hook—Dutchess County [N.Y.] July 14th [1776]


This acknowledges the Receipt of Your Excellency’s Letter of yesterday, which I immediately transmitted to General Ten Broeck, and shall without Delay dispatch the necessary Expresses to Connecticut.1

As the Matter may be exaggerated I take the Liberty of informing Your Excellency that the late Insurrection of the Tories in this County was rather an inconsiderable Affair, no Person of the least Repute or Importance concerned and is entirely suppressed.2 I am Your Excellency’s most obedient Servt

Egbt Benson


1For Benson’s letter of this date to the commanding officers of the militia in the western towns of Connecticut, see John Fellows to GW, 18 July, n. 1.

2Benson wrote Nathaniel Woodhull, president of the New York convention, on 12 July acquainting him with “a dangerous insurrection that has happened in this County, but which, through the extraordinary exertions of our friends, is now happily suppressed. We have not been able as yet, with any tolerable degree of precision, to discover how many persons were engaged, though we have reason to believe that the number was great; and had they not been opposed with spirit and in season, they would in a few days have become formidable. There were about two hundred imbodied and actually in arms. They had furnished themselves with arms by previously going about in small parties the night before and disarming the friends of liberty. We have apprehended several. The rest are skulking in the woods; however, we shall endeavour to have them all taken” (Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 5th ser., 1:1408).

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