George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Horatio Gates, 8 August 1780

Head Quarters near Orange Town 8th Augt 1780


I was yesterday evening favored with your letter of the 21st of June.

A few days since upon Col. Kosciuszco’s application for leave to serve to the Southward, he obtained my permission, and I suppose designs setting out immediately. Capn Dallizen accompanies him.

Gen. Clinton having gone up the Sound apparently with the intention of operating against the French armament at Rhode Island this army crossed the North River at Kings-ferry on the 30th Ulto to be in a situation to act as circumstances might authorise. Our advices gave to Clinton about 8000 Troops, so that New-York was left exposed to our attempts. We were pushing every thing to this point, when we received advice that Clinton was returning to New-York. This necessity put a stop to our movements, and as the objects for which we crossed the river had ceased, we recrossed it on the 4th and 5th instant. We intend to occupy a post at Dobb’s ferry; for the end of shortening our transportation, and saving the forage in the opposite quarter which we may want in our future approaches, should it be in our power to do any thing decisive against New-York.

The stationary has long since come to hand for which I am much obliges to you. I am Sir your obt & hble sert

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