Head Quarters Peek’s hill August 3d 1780
I have been honoured with Your Excellency’s Letter of the 24th Ulto and for the Reasons you mention, the postponing the March of the Militia was proper, especially when we take in view the appearances there were of the Enemy’s making an Expedition with a great part of their Land Force against our Allies. These however are now at an End by their returning to New York. But as the Enemy’s Fleet still remain off Rhode Island, it may perhaps be thought Eligible for them not to move . I have therefore written to General Heath on the Subject, as well as about Col. Greenes’ Regiment & the Levies and requested him to Consult the Count and to communicate the Results with Respect to the Militia to your Excellency, by which you will be pleased to regulate yourself as to their coming on or Remaining longer. If the Latter should be the Result of their Communication, I am then to intreat, that they may be held in such a State of readiness, as to be able to proceed on the shortest notice after a Requisition by me, or when the Count is about to move with his Troops, or shall signify that he does not consider their further detention necessary.
I have the honor to inclose your Excellency a Copy of a Proclamation, offering Pardon to the Deserters from your two Regiments in Continental Service &c. This I should have transmitted Sooner but have been prevented by a Variety of pressing Business and by our being a good deal in a moving State. Your Excellency if you think proper will commit it to this printer for Publication. I have the Honor to be your Excellencys Obedt Humble Serv