George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Ann Hawkes Hay, 10 August 1776

To Colonel Ann Hawkes Hay

Head Quarters N. Yk 10th Augt 1776


Your favors of the 2d & 7th1 Inst. are duly Received The Commissary General to whom I had refered the matter of your appointment was to have wrote and desired you to undertake the Business, since which it is determined those troops under General Clinton are to March to Kingsbridge and of Consequence will receive their supplies from the General Store there2—It cannot be long before matters may take a Capital turn this way, the Issue will Determine whether a Post from your part of the Country is necessary or Otherways. Any Movements of the Enemy which you think may be of Consequence I shall be obliged if you will transmit Me. I am Sir Your Most Hume sert


LB, in Samuel Blachley Webb’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LB is addressed to “Colo. A. Hawkes Hay—Haverstraw.”

1Hay’s letter of 7 Aug. has not been found.

2The New York convention on this date appointed Hay “commissary for the militia raised and to be raised in this State to the northward of King’s Bridge, while in service on the west side of the Hudson’s river, below the Highlands, under the command of Genl. Clinton” (N.Y. Prov. Congress Journals description begins Journals of the Provincial Congress, Provincial Convention, Committee of Safety, and Council of Safety of the State of New-York, 1775–1776–1777. 2 vols. Albany, 1842. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 1:568).

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