George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Horatio Gates, 20 July 1778

To Major General Horatio Gates

[Westchester County, N.Y.] July 20: 1778


I have been favoured with your two Letters of to day, (one inclosing a return) for which I thank you.1 I am now about Six miles from where the Court House at the plains was,2 & shall set out immediately for Reuben Rights, which will be my Quarters for the present. I am Sir Yr Most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in the writing of Robert Hanson Harrison, NHi: Gates Papers.

1The letter enclosing a return has not been found, and the return has not been identified. Gates’s other letter enclosed “Intelligence I have this moment received from Long Island; it is so very interesting, that I would not delay one minute in sending it to Your Excellency” (DLC:GW). That intelligence has not been identified.

2The courthouse at White Plains had been burned in November 1776 (see General Orders, 6 Nov. 1776).

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