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To George Washington from William Heath, 7 May 1782

Highlands May 7. 1782. 3 o’clock P.M.

Dear General

I have this moment received a letter from captain Pray dated yesterday (the 6th instant) in which he observes—

"Upon the arrival of the last packet from England, which was last tuesday, the troops which were embarked were immediately ordered to disembark—and a packet immediately sent to Charlestown.

"I believe we may depend on it, that the refugees are not permitted to come out under arms for the present."

I wish to know your Excellency’s pleasure whether any of the new arms at Fishkill are to be issued for the recruits, or exchanged for such as are out of repair in any of the regiments—or whether they are to be supplied from those old ones in the best repair in store. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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