George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 19 February 1781

New Windsor Feby 19th 1781

Dr Sir,

If the detachment now forming, pursues its object, it will be a strong additional motive against having deposits at, and upon the Morris Town Road to this place; because the Troops now on that communication will be considerably reduced, without the means of replacing them. If therefore my former order on this head is not fully complied with no time should be lost in the completion of it. A quantity of Provisions at Ringwood (till we are in greater force) will run eminent danger of being destroyed by a Partisan stroke, I desire therefore it may not be suffered to accumulate at that Post.

If there is no particular inconvenience, with which I am not acquainted, I think the back communication by Sussex Court House—or the middle one by the White House, Germantown, Succasuny Meeting House, Kennys forge, New found land, Davenports Mills & Colo. Sewards to Warwick would, circumstanced as we are, be the most eligible because less hazardous—& I believe equally convenient to this place. The last, I am informed, is the nearest and best road of any from this place to Trenton. Mr DeWit is about measuring of it. I am with esteem & regard Dr Sir Yr Obedt Servt

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DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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