From Colonel George Gibson
Smiths Tavern1 11 miles from stoney Point [N.Y.]
9 O’Clock. A.M.
Monday 19th July 79.
May it please yr Excelly.
In answer to the verbal message I had the Honor to receive from Yr Excy by the Bearer. I have the pleasure to acquaint Yr Excy that I have contrary to my expectations got so farr wth the three pieces of Cannon. one of the Carriages (Limbers) having been stove to pieces immediately after we left the Point.2 I have fix’d on the fore part of a Waggon in lieu of limbers. I parted wth Genls Woodford & Muhlenberg in sight of the White house3 where they filed off to the left—I know nothing of them since I met a Brigade of Waggons loaded wth provisions three miles from No. River which I have Brot wth me.4 I shall scuffle hard but I will be at Junes’s tavern To morrow wth my whole Convoy. I have the Honor to be Your Excys Obedt Servt
1. Gibson is referring to the Smith’s tavern about one mile west of Kakiat, New York.