To Colonel Elisha Sheldon
Head Quarters Middle Brook June 17th 1777
On receipt of this you will march your regt of Horse, arm’d or unarm’d, accoutred or not to join this Army, leaving one Troop with Genl Putnam at Peekskill. a large number of Horse in the present situation of our affairs is so indispensably necessary, that I cannot admit any excuse to justify your remaining any longer from Camp. I expect I shall see you as soon as possible. I am Sir Yrs &c.
P.S. If you have any Accoutrements to collect, Leave a careful officer to bring em on.
Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The copy of this letter that was sent to Sheldon, which has not been found, was enclosed in GW’s letter to Israel Putnam of this date.