George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel William Malcom, 5 June 1779

To Colonel William Malcom

Ringwood [N.J.] 5 June 1779 8 O’clock P.M.


I thank you for your intelligence by Major Hughes.

I think with you, the passes leading to the fort of1 consequence.2 The infantry corps not being yet drawn out from the regiments, I have not made a detachment of this kind3—But would refer you to Major Hughs for the measures which are taken to give you immediate succour, and to obviate an investiture of the Fort. The enemy seem to be hesitating4—since your letter I have received advice of their taking some of their boats on board—This however may be to amuse—I shall therefore till their designs are further developed pursue my original intention.

I have the most perfect reliance on your assistance should the enemy make his approach—you may depend on mine.

I shall be obliged to you for the earliest communication of such intelligence, as you may think of importance & am Sir &.


Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1At this place on the draft manuscript, McHenry wrote and then struck out “the utmost.”

GW is referring to Fort Arnold at West Point, New York.

2A struck-out extension of this sentence on the draft manuscript reads: “the safety of the garrison depending greatly on their defence.”

3For the organization of the light infantry corps, see General Orders, 12 and 21 June, and GW to Wayne, 21 June, source note and n.1.

4At this place on the draft manuscript, McHenry wrote and struck out a sentence that reads: “This however shall not prevent me from taking the best relative position for your assistance.”

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