George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Elisha Sheldon, 31 July 1780

Robinson’s House 31st July 1780.


You will be pleased instantly upon Receipt of this to send off an Officer with a sufficient number of Dragoons to post three at every fifteen Miles distance between New London upon the lower Road and the Head Quarters of the Army, which will be in West Chester County. The inclosed letter to Mr Shaw of New London is to sollicit that Gentleman to continue the Chain, by hired Expresses from thence to Tower Hill. But should he inform your Officer that he cannot accomplish the Business, your Dragoons must be moved forward to Tower Hill, three at every eleven Miles, and we must fill up what will be wanting at this End. The intent of posting these Men, is to convey intelligence, in the most expeditious manner, to and from Rhode Island. You will therefore pick out such as may be depended upon to ride at all hours whenever dispatches arrive at their quarters. I am &c.

P.S. You will move with the remainder of your Regt to Sing Sing.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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