To Brigadier General Hugh Mercer
New York Septr 5. 1776
I have been favoured with your Two Letters of the 3 Instt and observe what you have done in consequence of my Instructions. When I wrote for Troops to be sent to the post opposite Mount Washington, I did not Immagine you would have so many to spare1—About a Thousand under Genl Ewen [Ewing] in addition to those already at the post, I think will be fully competent to Its defence & such works as may be necessary to erect, & will also be sufficient to carry them on. More I conceive will be unnecessary & may be better employed elsewhere. I am Dr Sir &c.
P.S. You will be pleased to keep in view the matter I mentioned to you about Staten Island, Esteemg a Diversion there if It can be effected will be of great service.2
LB, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.