George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 10 July 1777

From Major General William Heath

Boston July 10, 1777

Dear General

I have recd the Honor of yours of the 27th Ulto. I now do myself the Honor to inclose your Excellency the best State of the Regiments which have been raising in Massachusetts Bay that I can obtain:1 it is not accurate, both the number Inlisted and those that have marched are something more than is exhibited in the Returns, in particular in Colonel Brewers & Voses Regiments, parts of both those Regiments Rendezvoused and marched from the Western parts of the State, and I never could obtain a complete Return of them, Colo. Lee has Inlisted seventyfour Men including NonCommissioned Officers, and Colo. Jackson 130. Henleys is as yet in its Embryo.

The State of the Stores are nearly the same as in the June Return, except the Flour which was then 2842. Barrels and is now increased to 5020. Barrels.

We have a report this Day, and it is said it may be depended upon that some of our Cruisers fitted out of France have taken two packets going from England to Amsterdam having on Board Specie and Jewels to the amount of £60,000. Sterling.2 I have the Honor to be with great respect Your Excellency’s Most Hble Servt

W. Heath

P.S. Since writing the above I have been favoured with the inclosed Cop[y] of a Letter from Bourdeaux.


LS, DLC:GW; ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers. The address on the cover of the LS reads in part: “Favor’d by Mr Knox.” The draft does not contain the postscript.

1The enclosed returns have not been identified.

2On the draft this paragraph is followed by another one that Heath struck out: “By a Gentleman this moment arrived from Peeks-Kill I am Informed that Some of the Regiments which have marched from this State to that Place have more men there than is born on the Returns as having marched, and that they are the Strongest Regiments at that Post.”

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