To Colonel Stephen Moylan
[New Windsor, 28 June 1779]
When you have crossed the North River with your regiment you will proceed to the neighbourhood of Bedford where Col. Sheldons horse and a few Light Infantry are stationed—these you will take under your command.
The purposes of this command are to protect the Country and inhabitants give countenance to the Militia, & as far as it lies in your power1 gain intelligence of the enemy’s force, movements & designs, of which you will give me the most punctual information.
I leave it to your own judgment from an examination of the Country & according to circumstances to take a position that will best answer these purposes consistent with the security & accommodation of your troops.
LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, NjP: deCoppet Collection; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft manuscript and Varick transcript both are dated 28 June 1779.
1. GW inserted this word in his own writing.
3. Meade inadvertently wrote “1778” on the manuscript.