Head Quarters Prekaness 16th Octobr 1780
I am fav’d with yours of yesterday, accompanied by a letter from His Excellency Governor Clinton, who gives me an account of the incursion upon the Frontiers. I am happy that you detached Gansevoorts Regiment immediately—You will be pleased to order either Weisenfelds or Willets, as you may judge proper, to follow, and to take orders from the Governor or the commanding Officer. This is all the force I think we ought to detach from the posts untill the views of the enemy are more fully ascertained. They put off the long expected embarkation strangely. They had not sailed the 13th and it was then said the expedition was delayed for some purpose. The numbers under orders, by Estimate, are about two thousand or something upwards If the Militia should not have been discharged when this reaches you, you will be pleased to detain about five hundred to make up for the detachment you have lately sent up the River.
I have received yours of the 13th as I have done that inclosing the Estimate, for which I am much obliged.
You will be pleased to carry into execution what you proposed respecting the posts at Stoney and Verplanks points. I am with the greatest Regard Dear Sir Your most obt Servt
Be pleased to forward Govr Clintons letter immediately.
MHi: Heath Papers.