To Major General Horatio Gates1
[White Plains, New York, September 8, 1778]
His Excellency desires me to inform you that having received information of the enemy’s being out advanced this side of Wards House,2 He thought it prudent to put the troops quietly under arms and has sent orders to the several Brigades for this purpose. This is the second note, I have written, the first the horsemen lost.
I am Sir Yr. most Obed servant
Alex Hamilton Aide De Camp
Sepr. 8th. 78
ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. When this letter was written, Gates, like H, was in Camp at White Plains.
2. Home of Stephen Ward, located on White Plains Road, in Eastchester. Ward was a former member of the New York Provincial Congress and a leading Westchester Patriot.