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From George Washington to Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons, 13 July 1779

To Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons

Head Quarters New Windsor July 13th 1779

Dear Sir

I received yours of the 11th last night, and I beg you will present my particular thanks to Capt. Betts and such others of the Officers and men, as well of the Militia as of the Continental troops, who distinguished themselves upon the present occasion—I shall be obliged to you to take the speediest measures to procure me an exact detail of the mischief done by the enemy at the different places, as well upon the persons as the property of the inhabitants that I may be able to give Congress the fullest information.1

I wish you to inform me of the movements of that body of the enemy which had advanced through Marryneck.2 I am Dear Sir Your most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Caleb Gibbs’s writing, NjP: deCoppet Collection; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For GW’s report to Congress on the recent British raids against Connecticut, see his letter to John Jay, this date; see also GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 7 July, source note, and to Jay, 6 Aug. (DNA:PCC, item 152).

2GW is referring to Mamaroneck, New York. For British operations in that vicinity between 8 and 10 July, see Stephen Moylan to GW, 12 July, n.6.

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