From Brigadier General William Woodford
Camp [White Plains] 2d Septr 1778.
I cannot see any valuable purpose that would be answer’d by an attack upon New York, which we could not keep after we had gain’d it, without a superiority by Water.
Was the Commissary able to supply us with Bread for such a March, I would advise against moveing the greatest part of this Army to the Eastward in the present situation of affairs, but would recommend it to your Excellency to waite a few Days before any Capital Step is taken—& in the mean time to put two or three Brigades in motion for the Eastward. with much respect I am Your Excellencys Most Obedt Servt
ALS, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. This is Woodford’s answer to questions posed by GW at a council of war on the evening of 1 September.