George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Hugh Mercer, 8 September 1776

To Brigadier General Hugh Mercer

Head Quarters New York Sept. 8th 1776


I have received your letter by Genll Roberdeau of the 8th of Sept.,1 and am sorry to hear of your indisposition, which however I hope will in a Short time be removed; There has nothing very material pass’d in this Quarter since you were here; still matters wear so critical an aspect, that I have determined to Call over Colo. Ward’s regiment from the post Opposite mount Washington; you will therefore be pleased to detatch so many of the Troops under your Command, as will make up this deficiency, & still keep Genll Ewings compliment of fifteen hundred men intire2—Notwithstanding this Assistance I shall still stand in need of two or three thousand men to reinforce the posts here, & am anxious for the Arrival of the Maryland & Virginia troops, which are on their march to this place; I shall be glad you will immediately inform me by Express, where they are, & when I may with Certainty expect them; I could wish they were pushd forward with all Possible Expedition; Genll Roberdeau will Communicate to you, the result of the Council, also any other thing material which are not mentioned in this letter. I am Sir Your Most Obbt Servant;

G. W.

P.S. I desire you will direct the Engineer to Expedite the Works (to the Utmost of his Abilities) which are necessary for the defence of Genll Ewings Post.

G. W.

LB, in Caleb Gibbs’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Mercer’s letter is dated 7 September.

2For the previous stationing of Gen. James Ewing’s detachment at this fort, see GW to Mercer, 3, 5 September. Col. Andrew Ward’s regiment subsequently was attached to the brigade commanded by Col. Paul Dudley Sargent (see General Orders, 18 Sept.).

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