George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Norwalk, Conn., Officials, 11 July 1779

To Norwalk, Conn., Officials

New Windsor July 11: 1779


I had last night the Honor to receive Your Letter of the 9th Instant. The depredations and ravages of the Enemy upon your coast, give me great concern and I sincerely regret that the means of protection in my power, are not equal to my wishes. You may be assured that whatever I can do to afford relief shall be done—and to this end I ordered a body of Troops to march Yesterday,1 which perhaps was doing more than a regard to the general interest & circumstances of the Army would justify. I have the Honor to be with great respect Gentn Yr Most Obedt sert

G. Washington

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The recipients of this letter are identified in the draft’s docket, which reads: “Thaddeus Betts Esq. & Select Men of Norwalk.”

1See GW to William Heath, 10 July (first letter).

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