To Major General Alexander McDougall
Head Quarters [Fredericksburg, N.Y.] Novr 19th 1778
If you should not have reached Danbury or very near it with the division before this gets to hand, you will be pleased to halt the two Connecticut Brigades where this shall find you ’till further orders. General Nixon will still proceed to Danbury, as was at first intended. In this case you will inform me where the two Brigades halt. But if you should be very near Danbury with the division you will continue your march to that place1—I am Sir Yr Most Obedt servt.
Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. On 17 Nov., GW had written to McDougall: “You will be pleased to march immediately with your division to Danbury, where you will be met by further orders” (DLC:GW).