George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 12 July 1779

To Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Head Quarters New Windsor July 12th 1779

Dr Sir,

I do myself the honor to inform your Excellency, that on hearing the enemy were moving through Marryneck1 in considerable force, I put General Heath and the two Connecticut brigades under marching orders towards the Sound.2 They I believe began their march yesterday morning; but the weather probably prevented their going far.3 I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Yr Excellency’s Most Obedt ser.


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

1GW is referring to Mamaroneck, New York.

2See GW to William Heath, 10 July (first letter), and Heath to GW, 11 July (first letter).

3For the severe rain that delayed the march of Heath’s command for nearly a day, see Heath to GW, 12 July; see also Heath to GW, 11 July (second letter), and Wilson, Heath’s Memoirs, description begins Rufus Rockwell Wilson, ed. Heath’s Memoirs of the American War. 1798. Reprint. New York, 1904. description ends 221.

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