From Brigadier General Hugh Mercer
Perth Amboy [N.J.] 9 Augt 1776
In consequence of your Excellencys Letter—Col. Miles will march with all his Riflemen1—The two Battalions will make about 700—As we have numbers of Rifle men lately arrived—it seemd to me more for the Service to order the 2d Batn and it will be more agreable to the men—I hope they will be in time to render you essential Service—A Cowardly, infamous Spirit of Desertion, prevails here too much—Your Letter will be read to each Corps & must have good Effects2—Some Waggons have been discoverd going from Billups Point to day—which confirms your former Intelligence—And the Enemy do not appear so numerous. I have the Honor to be Sir Your Excellencys Most obedt Servt
2. Mercer apparently is referring to GW’s letter to the Pennsylvania Associators of 8 August.