To Captain James Christie1
[Pompton, New Jersey, June 4, 1779]
Capt Christie dispatched by His Excellency The Commander in Chief on very important business2 is hereby authorised to impress horses by the way.
By His Excellys Command
Alex Hamilton Aide De Camp
June 4th 1779
ALS, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
1. Christie (also spelled Chrystie) was a captain of the Third Pennsylvania Regiment.
2. On June 4, Washington gave the following instructions to Christie: “To proceed immediately to West-Point. To inform the Garrison where we are.… To assure them that I am determined at the utmost hazard to support the fort and that I expect it will hold out to the last extremity.”