George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Adam Stephen, 22 April 1777

From Major General Adam Stephen

Newark April 22d 1777


By a person to be depended on Who left New york yesterday—a Brigade consisting of the 15th 17th not exceeding 700 men & he believes the 36th & 4th embarked on the 20th at Night & he Supposes Saild up the N. River yesterday Morng to destroy Genl McDougal.1 The rest of the Advices not So important, & not yet digested I refer at present, & am wt. great Respect Sr your most Obt

Adam Stephen

LS, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169. The LS was enclosed in GW’s letter to Hancock of 23 April.

1This expedition, which was commanded by Gov. William Tryon, embarked at New York on 21 April and raided Danbury, Conn., on 26–27 April, destroying a large quantity of American provisions, clothing, and tents stored there (see Alexander McDougall to GW, 27, 29 April). Tryon’s force consisted of about two thousand men drawn from the 4th, 15th, 23d, 27th, 44th, and 64th regiments of foot, the 17th Regiment of dragoons, Gov. Montfort Browne’s Loyalist regiment (the Prince of Wales American Regiment), and the Royal Artillery (see Lydenberg, Robertson’s Diaries description begins Harry Miller Lydenberg, ed. Archibald Robertson, Lieutenant-General Royal Engineers: His Diaries and Sketches in America, 1762–1780. New York, 1930. description ends , 126, and Kemble Papers description begins [Stephen Kemble]. The Kemble Papers. 2 vols. New York, 1884-85. In Collections of the New-York Historical Society, vols. 16–17. description ends , 1:113–14). “Some Provincials and three Frigates,” Stephen Kemble says in his journal, “went up the North [Hudson] River at the same time this [Tryon’s] Detachment Sailed, supposed to make a Diversion that way” (ibid., 114; see also Lord Howe to Philip Stephens, 23 April, Naval Documents description begins William Bell Clark et al., eds. Naval Documents of the American Revolution. 11 vols. to date. Washington, D.C., 1964—. description ends , 8:407–9).

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