To Major General Benedict Arnold
Head Qrs Whe Plains 27th July 1778
This will be deliver’d to you by Majr Cabell who goes to Philadelphia in order to Collect & bring forward all the soldiers belonging to this Army who may have gone back to, or remain’d in the City, or its Neighbourhood—You will please give him every Necessary assistance in the Execution of this duty I expect you will find Colo. Heartly’s Regiment with Colo. Proctors sufficient for Garrison duty, & you know how injurious it is to Soldiers, both in their Military & Moral Line, to be seperated from their Regiments, without proper officers to inspect their Conduct add to this that our Situation renders it highly proper that our Regiments should be as complete as we can possibly make them.
As Major Cabell belongs to Virginia he goes more particularly to bring on the soldiers of that State—but any Others that can be collected he will take charge of it will be highly necessary to order all officers to Camp who are not on immediate duty with you or have not regular leave of Absence. I am &C.
Df, in John Fitzgerald’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.