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From George Washington to Major General Alexander McDougall, 24 June 1779

To Major General Alexander McDougall

New Windsor June 24: 1779 7 OClock

Dear Sir

I shall be obliged by your informing me by the return of the Bearer, whether you have received any further accounts respecting the party of the Enemy, mentioned by Colonel Butler in his Letter of Yesterday1—or whether you have heard of any other movements. I am Dr sir with great esteem & regard Yr Most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

P.S. I shall set out for West point about 12 oClock2 and am desirous of hearing upon the subject above before I leave this.3

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, CSmH. GW signed the cover of this letter.

1See GW to McDougall, 23 June. Col. Richard Butler’s letter to GW of that date has not been found.

2GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison wrote Q.M. Gen. Nathanael Greene on this date: “Colo. Hamilton told me just now when setting out for West point that His Excellency had desired him to write to you—to know in what State of preparation as to Waggons the Troops in the Highlands, particularly those on the East side of the River, are in for moving—and to inform you that he would have them put, as soon as possible, if they are not already, in such a condition in this respect as to be able to move on the shortest notice in case of exigency. The Colo. concluded that your attention is to be directed to the state of the Army in general in this instance; but upon the present occasion more particularly to the Troops on the East side of the River, who, from their having been chiefly stationary of late, may be unprepared more than the rest. He also desired me to inform you—that the General wished All the Boats not necessarily employed in the river, to be collected at such point or points as will be ⟨mo⟩st convenient for passing the Troops upon any emergency—and that such as want repair to be refitted. He further requested me to acquaint you, that one or two Boats or a necessary number, are to be sent down to the landing at or near Colo. Butler’s Camp—for the purpose of bringing away the Tents he has or with which he is to be provided. You will be pleased to address your Answer to Colo. Hamilton” (DLC:GW).

3McDougall replied to GW from West Point on this date: “I received Your Excellencys favor of this morning. a note from Col. Butler on another Subject, was this moment handed to me, but not a word of the Party, Said to be seen last evening; nor any other movement of the Enemy. I suspect the Party seen by the Col. was one from Parsons Brigade. Two regiments of it, has red Cloaths; the Party seen had red, & white” (ADf, NHi: McDougall Papers).

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