George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 5 December 1782

Stanwich Decr 5th 82


I had the honor Yesterday to write Your Excellency from Bedford, after which the two Companies of Light Infantry arrived at that place—They, with the Detachment from the Legion, have their Orders for marching this day.

I have recd Accounts via Kingsbridge, the last Evening—No material alteration in the situation of the Troops on York Island since the last Accounts were transmited—A Number of Transports have lately arrived at N. York said to be from Cork—Col. Sheldon will be more particular on this head.

I have inclosed two Letters which may possibly give some information. I have the Honor to be, Dr General, with great Regard, Your most Obedt Servt

Benja. Tallmadge

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Decembr 1 1782

Dear Sir

In answer to your Request first the troops in Kings county; at brook land front one Rigiment too at flat bush and so to graves end they in houses thang Draw provision from the magizens there Comma. at bedford the hool of them 8 or 9 hundred I must confes I forgot there commanders name there all huzzers and in a defenceless sityation Con. Ludlow of the third battalion and Colnl Robortson at flushen Consist of beteen 4 and 5 hundred men as I am in formed their is the Seventeenth at Hemsted As well command Consist of Not more than too hunddred men in houses and suplid from the magisenes Coll Worm of the yaugers [at hericks] and so on the North side to Norwage in houses and draw provision as before in a scattered sityation Consist of 8 or 9 hundred Cornl Thomson at hunter Found his Numbr 5 hundred and 50 [men] it is sirposed 4 Compinies of hors and 2 a foot a detach’ment of the leggins and Rangers command by magor Hangon there all in houses from the one end of tound all most to the other draw there own provission and one Exspectd to remain in the Same sityation for some days as many as 50 gows on gard a Night As Admirel digby is Now there and the commander in cheif is Exspected in too or three days if he comes it will be in your power to take him as you may in form youself all most from day to day of theire sityation they are unConsarnd at present they have too 9 pounders and fore smaller fores I belive therefor tis but little safety to them yet though soon will be our old freinds say gibberalter is Not tacken though in high dispute with many by information from home we learn that there is orders for a general vacaation to take plaice the first of february from New york by the same informmer & we here that the Iresh [peans] apeard in blue turnd up with Read and Knew no man but the king this was in the presence of the informer Nor did he think that the seatch was [   ] Different my Demand for services Done is twentey Eight pounds I have maid as good a return as is at present in [my] power this from your humble ser[vt]

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