Letter not found: from Colonel Henry Babcock, 3 Mar. 1776. Robert Hanson Harrison wrote to Babcock on 4 Mar.: “I am commanded by his Excellency to Acknowledge the receipt of your favour of the third Instant, and to Inform you that Col. Putnam is sick, and that Operations of such Importance are now carrying on here, that It is not in his power to spare you an Engineer or any men from these Incampments”1 (DLC:GW).
1. Henry Babcock at this time commanded a regiment raised for the defense of Rhode Island. Rufus Putnam accompanied Gen. Charles Lee to Rhode Island in late December 1775 and assisted him in laying out fortifications there (see Dexter, Diary of Ezra Stiles description begins Franklin Bowditch Dexter, ed. The Literary Diary of Ezra Stiles, D.D., LL.D., President of Yale College. 3 vols. New York, 1901. description ends , 1:646). GW permitted Putnam to stop in Rhode Island and render further assistance to the colony in April on his way to New York (see GW to Cooke and GW to Putnam, both 31 Mar. 1776).