George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Lord Stirling Alexander, 8 June 1780

June 8th 1780 Sunset

My Lord

I am now at the Connecticut farms meeting House where the Head of our Column is advanced. The Troops are halted and will ly on [sheepskins] to night to act as occasion my require. If the Enemy begin to cross over to Staten Island and you are well & clearly ascertatined of the facts & circumstances indicate that they mean to continue passing—the Troops on your informing me of it or such part as may be deemed necessary for the purpose, will be put in motion; but as I have already observed—I wish the matter to be taken with respect to the Enemy’s passing to be well understood and to be taken up on light grounds, as our moving otherwise might lead to very serious consequence. And which I am speaking about the Enemy’s crossing—I think it necessary to request your Lordship’s equal attention that they not [   ] against us without the earlier advice, which is an Object they may have [   ] in view of which they may notwithstanding [appearance]to cross endeavour to carry into execution. It will essential that good Caution & patroles should be kept on your Post for this purpose—and some Horsemen & trusty persons should also be kept at Halsted’s point least they should after embarking making a Landing there or at some place in it’s vicinity and advance from there.

I shall be found at a House where the Roads fork on this side Springfield.

it will be best to withdraw the Troops which are advanced, a little in the west of the Town where they will be secured, as You & General Schuyler proposed. I have the Honor to be with great esteem and regard Yr Lordship’s Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

The House I stay at is Mr Whitehead’s

NHi: William Alexander, Lord Stirling Papers.

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