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To George Washington from Major General Robert Howe, 19 July 1779

From Major General Robert Howe

Mandeville’s, opposite West Point
July 19th 1779

Dear Sir,

Deprived as I was by the Enemies’ Advance of reducing their Post at Verplanck, which, but for that Event, I persuade myself I should have effected, I had nothing left but to retreat, which I performed and was so happy as to be joined by General Heath at Peeks-Kill.1 My Situation was critical, and it was well for me that I had found means to Obtain a tolerably exact Information of the Enemies’ Motions.

Tho’ disappointed of the ultimate End of my Aim, if my Conduct meets the Approbation of my General, I shall be happy.2

I beg leave to suggest the exceeding Week State of my Division, and venture to express a Wish that an Addition could be made to it; General Heath mentions Glover’s Brigade as unattached.3 I have the honour to be with all Respect Your Excellency’s Obedt & very humble Servt

Robert Howe


1See Howe to GW, 18 July, and William Heath to GW, same date.

2For GW’s thoughts on Howe’s withdrawal from Verplanck Point, see his letter to George Clinton, this date, and to John Jay, 21 July; see also William Heath to GW, this date (second letter).

3GW placed Brig. Gen. John Glover’s brigade under Howe’s command by the end of July (see GW to Howe, 28 July, and GW to Glover, 29 July).

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