George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General William Maxwell, 4 August 1778

To Brigadier General William Maxwell

Head Quarters White plains 4 Augt 1778


I was last Night favd with yours of the 2d with a York paper for which I am obliged to you.1 I have only to recommend to you, to keep a vigilant watch upon the motions of the Enemy upon Staten Island, and upon their fleet in the Bay. If you procure any certain intelligence that any considerable number of ships are preparing for sea, let me know it immediately, that I may communicate it to Count D’Estaing who has arrived at Rhode Island. I am &c.

P.S. direct your spies to be very inquisitive whether they are embarking Baggage and Stores and if any troops move from Staten Island whether they go on board Ships or up to N⟨ew⟩ York.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Maxwell’s letter to GW of 2 Aug. has not been found.

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