George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 25 June 1779

From Major General William Heath

Danforths House [Highlands, N.Y.]
June 25th 1779 8 oClock A.M.

Dear Genl

The enclosed Intelligence this moment Came to hand1 shall run down to Genl Huntingtons Brigade shall take Genl Parsons with me any Signification of your pleasure shall be immediately executed. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellency most obedient Servt

W. Heath

ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers. This draft is docketed inadvertently as being to Brig. Gen. Samuel Holden Parsons.

1The enclosure almost certainly communicated intelligence found in a letter of this date, 6:00 A.M., from Brig. Gen. Jedediah Huntington to Heath: “I have Intelligence that the Light Horse which were at Crumpond Yesterday—are at Pines Bridge with a thousand Infantry. … The Express tells me it was conjectured they had Bedford in View” (MHi: Heath Papers).

In response to this and earlier intelligence from Huntington to Heath, GW’s aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton wrote a letter to Brig. Gen. Henry Knox on this date: “A party of horse with about 1000 infantry of the enemy are said to be at Pines bridge—Possibly the stores at New Millford may be the object—The General requests you will send a proper person to see what progress may have been made in removing them and to complete the removal” (DLC:GW; see also the first letter from Heath to GW, this date, n.2).

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