George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Nathanael Greene and Jeremiah Wadsworth, 14 March 1779

To Major General Nathanael Greene and Jeremiah Wadsworth

[Middlebrook, 14 March 1779]


As I shall be obliged to weaken the post at Paramus, to strengthen those of the Highlands1—you will be pleased to give immediate orders that no stores of your department or provisions, passing on the communication between this and Kings ferry make any unnecessary hault—or delay so as to give opportunity to the enemy for insult or surprise.

And in case there should be any quantities of provision or stores at present on the communication you will have them forwarded to their destinations as soon as possible. I am Sir &

G. W——n

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. McHenry docketed the draft manuscript in part: “14 March 1779.” The address line on the draft manuscript and a notation in the Varick transcript indicate that the same letter was sent to both Greene and Wadsworth.

1For GW’s orders directing the 2d North Carolina Regiment at Paramus, N.J., to reinforce the Hudson Highlands, see GW to Thomas Clark, this date and 16 March, and GW to Alexander McDougall, 16 March.

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