Albany 20th August 1781
I have recd your favour of the 16th Instant. but am sorry to acquaint you that no more than 120 of the Militia have yet arrived, eighty of which I sent to Schoharry, in consequence of an alarm. the other 40 I sent to Saratoga—and I am just informed that another party is very nigh, from Hampshire County.
I only wait for the arrival of a more Competant force, when I shall move my quarters to Saratoga, which I hope will be by the middle of this week. I have the Honor to be, Dear Sir with great regard and esteem your Excellency’s most Obedt & very Humble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.