George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General John Morin Scott, 8 August 1776

To Brigadier General John Morin Scott

Head Quarters at New York Augt 8th 1776.


From your Brigade you are without delay to send as many prudent, Sensible, and Judicious Officers with such a party of Men as shall be found Necessary to apprehend those persons whose Names you will find in the enclosed List,1 they are to be conveyed to New Rochelle and there wait the Arrival of Others to go all together into Connecticut for a few days, or Weeks, as the Exigency of Affairs may require, The Officers are to treat them with the utmost Civility and Respect confining them in no other Manner than what may be absolutely necessary to prevent Escapes, assureing them at the same time, that no Injury is intended, either to their Persons or Property further than a removal from the theatre of Action and at a Distance from the Enemy of whom it is suspected they are favourers, and are carrying on Correspondence dangerous to the United States of America. I am sir, Your Most Obedt servt


Copy, in Samuel Blachley Webb’s writing, owned (1991) by Mr. Peter R. Agnew, Port Washington, N.Y; copy, CtHi: Jeremiah Wadsworth Papers.

1This list of suspected Loyalists has not been identified. For Scott’s effort to spare a Loyalist named Willet Taylor from being sent to Connecticut because he was “an infirm man” and his father-in-law was “a staunch Whig,” see Scott’s two letters to the New York convention of 13 Aug. in Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 5th ser., 1:934, 953.

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