George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Oliver Wolcott, Sr., 24 July 1779

To Major General Oliver Wolcott, Sr.

Head Quarters [West Point] July 24th 1779


I was favored with your letter of the 17th Instant a little time past and prevented from giving it an earlier answer, from the hurry of unavoidable business.

Be assured Sir that I have felt much pain at the destruction of your Towns, and been unhappy that I could not consistent with the general good afford such an aid of Continental troops as might have prevented it;1 I hope however that the late fortunate attack on stoney point will tend to give a check2 to the continuance of the ravages in your State—Genl Glover has been directed to halt his Brigade at Ridgefield,3 a situation that will enable him to afford you some assistance should the enemy return to the object they began with in the Sound. I am with esteem Sr Yr Most Obet, servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, CtHi: Oliver Wolcott, Sr., Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the British raids on Connecticut in early July, see GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 7 July, source note.

2The draft manuscript, which also is in Meade’s writing, initially read “has put an end.” These words are then struck out, and Meade wrote “will tend to give a check” above the line.

3See GW to William Heath, 19 July, and n.1 to that document.

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