George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Thomas Clark, 31 May 1779

From Colonel Thomas Clark

Paramus [N.J.] May 31st 1779 7 oClock P.M.


I have this moment by express from my Scouting Officer at Tapan received intelligence that the enemy are at Tallars point with 42 Sail (Six of which are very large) and a number of flat Bottomd Boats they have landed a party of men on the other Side of the N. River and a party at the Slate1—I have Sent for my out parties from Hackinsack &c. and am prepared to move at the Shortest notice to West Point Should they move any further up the river—a careful officer and party are watching their movements.2 I have the honor to be Sir, your Excellency’s most obt Humble Servt

T. Clark

ALS, DLC:GW. The letter was “sent pr Express.”

1Clark is referring to the village of Piermont, N.Y., which was at this time often called Tappan Slote or Tappan Landing (see William Heath to GW, 26 Nov. 1776, n.3).

2For the meaning of these British movements, see William De Hart to GW, 30 May, n.1.

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