To Major General Alexander McDougall
Head Quarters New Windsor July 14th 1779
The arrangement you have made with respect to the detachment from Nixon’s brigade is agreeable to me.1 But I would have Major Hulls light infantry to join General Wayne, at all events, this evening or tomorrow morning early—Orders have been given for the execution of the enterprise tomorrow night;2 and though the want of tents is an objection to those with you going down,3 I have several reasons that make me averse to delay. An idea may be thrown out, that I am anxious to have the whole infantry organized as soon as possible; and that tents will follow in a day or two. I should hope this circumstance if it is passed lightly over will have no ill effect. I am Dr Sr Yr Most Obedt ser.
LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, CSmH; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. GW is responding to McDougall’s letter to him of this date.
3. At this place on the draft manuscript, also in Hamilton’s writing, a passage was written and then struck out: “Cant you contrive to furnish them from those in possession of the other troops, if there be any vacant barrack to receive them for a day or two.”