George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons, 11 July 1779

To Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons

Head Quarters [New Windsor] July 11th 1779

Dr Sir,

I have just received yours of yesterday—I am happy to hear of the spirited behaviour of the Militia. They have certainly done themselves great honor; if the opposition they give is not absolutely effectual, it serves to discourage the enemy and make them sick of such excursions—I shall be glad to learn they have met with a proper reception at Norwalk.1 Before this reaches you, you will have received my letter informing you that General Heath was under marching orders—The weather I imagine has prevented his moving this morning as was intended.3 I am Sir Your most Obedt servant


Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the defense of Norwalk, Conn., see Parsons to GW, this date; see also GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 7 July, source note.

2See GW to Parsons, 10 July; see also the first letter from GW to William Heath, that date. For the rains that delayed the march of Maj. Gen. William Heath’s command, see that officer’s letter to GW of 12 July; see also Heath to GW, this date (second letter).

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