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From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 11 July 1779

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters [New Windsor] July [11] 1779

Dr Sir,

I yesterday requested you to have the light infantry formed before you marched and leave them behind—I am anxious this should be done as speedily as possible. So soon as they are drawn out, You will be pleased to direct the Commanding officer to send to1 Head Quarters for orders. I am Dr Sir Your most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

Since writing the above I have received yours of this date—I could wish the light infantry to be at once formed as they are to continue. As the weather may prevent your marching, you can improve the delay in forming the light infantry on the proposed new formation. You will of course take your field artillery with you.

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers. The dateline of this manuscript inadvertently reads “10th.” The reference in the first sentence of this letter to the two letters of 10 July from GW to Heath indicates that 11 July is the accurate date.

1At this place on the manuscript, “call at” initially was written. These words were then struck out and “send to” written above the line.

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