George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Charles Scott, 17 October 1778

From Brigadier General Charles Scott

Near Bedford [N.Y.] Satterday evening 7 oClock
17th October 1778


I this moment Recd a letter from Capt. Leavenworth the persons he mentions who he gits his intellegence from are Strangers to me and therfore dont know how fare It may be credited. for Your Excellencys better information I have inclosd his letter.1 Majr Talmage Recommends a person very strongly to me who will Be very proper to Station in the City. I have Sent this Day for him and hope to Set him off tomorrow.

Your Excellency will see by Leavensworths letter that the person whom I long since expected was in York is not Yet gon a most perplexing circumstance. these long Delays Respecting intelligence I am fearfull Your Excellency will think is owing to my inattention but be assurd that I am equilly Distressed with Your self about It and that every thing possable has & shall be don to obtain it from the Best Authority. I am Your Excellencys Obt Servant

Chs Scott


1Eli Leavenworth’s letter to Scott of this date from Greenwich, Conn., reads: “Am Just return’d from new-Rochel, am well inform’d by Esqr: Gion, and others of Verasity, that tusday of last week [13 Oct.] a Division of the British Army put to sea, that they are Imbarking a 2d Division—The new Levy troops he says march’d from Kingbridge to new York with their Packs &c. the 15th Inst:, beleives they left a Saml [small?] guard, at Kingbridge, he says the Reports are they are going to the west Indies, he says he really beleives the whole army are going, the Scorpine that lies at new City Iland, is going with the fleet and have Offered Isaac B[el]l the Pilot half pay (if he’l go to England) during life, he says hes well informd the Troop are all going, but refused to tell how he got his Inteligence, but that I might Depend they were then im<barking> and the Green Coats were to sail <with> the first Division—I had the same Accounts from Sundry People who were as Confident—the person your Honour ingaged to go in to New York is not gone in yet the principle person who was to attend upon him, Chose rather to go once more while the Briches maker was geting ready. was Stopt three times but the fourth attempt he got in, and has been their ten Days, had not returnd last night. am going again this night, hope he will be back—I am so weary am not able to write—shall set Mr Green on Long Island this evining” (DLC:GW).

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