George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Hugh Mercer, 30 July 1776

From Brigadier General Hugh Mercer

Perth Amboy [N.J.] 30th July 1776


I am this moment favoured with yours of yesterday—and shall sett about preparing boats with all possible expedition1Your favours by Major Ross were extreamly acceptable—Since his arrival Col. Griffin has joind me, very much to my Satisfaction2—Only four Companies intended for the Flying Camp have arrived since my last—And a Battalion of Associators consisting of 350—Those last I have sent on to New Ark & Eliza. town for the purpose of releiving such of the troops as are to form the Flying Camp—that we may have Our men who are to remain in Service, brought into proper order as soon as possible—It will contribute greatly to th⟨is⟩ end, if now the Harvest is secured, Genl Livingston were desired to call out into Service such a Number of the New Jersey Militia as would guard the different Posts from Bergen Along the Jersey Shore—Not less than two Thousand would be required for this Purpose—His Excellency the General will please to consider how far such a Measure is necessary. I am Sir most respectfully Your obedt Servt

Hugh Mercer


1GW’s letter to Mercer of 29 July has not been found. For GW’s orders to Mercer regarding the building of flatboats, see GW to Hancock, this date.

2Congress appointed Samuel Griffin deputy adjutant general to the flying camp on 19 July (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 5:592).

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