Head Quarters New Windsor Janry 25th 1781
I am much obliged to you for the account of the success of the Enterprize against Morrissania.
Since the Troops under the command of Major General Parsons appear to be so much fatigued, I would advise to compleat the Detachment of Major Gen. Howe (if possible) from the Troops remaining in Camp, particularly from the Brigades on the East Side of the River; because these men may be immediately replaced by those returning from the Enterprize; And perhaps by the address of General Parsons some Volunteers may be obtained from the last Mentioned Troops. At any rate the service is so pressing, that the Men should be marched for Pompton, as early as possible, from one Quarter or the other. You will be best able to determine from whence they can be send, when you see General Parsons, which will be, I suppose, before the receipt of this Letter. I am Dear Sir With very great esteem Your Most Obedt Hble Servt
P.S. I shall set out for Ringwood (nothing happening to prevent it) tomorrow morning to act as circumstances may require.
MHi: Heath Papers.