To Lieutenant Colonel William Washington
Head Quarters West Point 7th Sepr 1779
I have been informed, tho’ not officially, that Monsr Gerrard was to leave Philada some time this week in his way toward Camp.1 As I would wish to have every mark of respect shewn to him, I must desire you to hold a Captain’s Command of Horse ready at Pompton, that should he come on they may fall in with him at that place, and escorte him to New Windsor. The Officer will present my Compliments to Monsr Gerrard upon the occasion. That there may be no misunderstanding—This party is intended to be different, from that which is ordered to receive Chevalier La Luzerne the new Minister of France on his way from Boston.2 Be pleased to acknowledge the Rect of this by return of Express. I am &c.
P.S. Should Monsr Gerrard come on, dispatch a Dragoon to inform me of it with the time that he will reach New Windsor.3
Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. GW received this information from Maj. Gen. Johann Kalb (see GW to Conrad-Alexandre Gérard, 12 Sept.).
2. For GW’s orders to Washington regarding the escort for La Luzerne, who was traveling to Philadelphia, see Richard Kidder Meade to William Washington, 5 Sept., quoted in the source note to GW to Ezekiel Belden, 5 September.
3. On 18 Sept., Gérard notified GW that he would not be visiting the army before his departure. However, Gérard subsequently delayed his departure and did visit GW. He arrived in camp on 5 Oct. and conferred with GW on war strategy (see Wilson, Heath’s Memoirs, description begins Rufus Rockwell Wilson, ed. Heath’s Memoirs of the American War. 1798. Reprint. New York, 1904. description ends 231, and GW to d’Estaing, 7 Oct.).