George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Alexander McDougall, 3 May 1777

To Brigadier General Alexander McDougall

Head Quarters Morris Town May 3d 1777

Dear Sir

Your detention of apart of Capt. Sewards Company of Artillery, for the reasons you assign,1 is intirely agreeable to me; and you will observe the same rule with respect to others which shall be coming on in the same circumstances.

I should be glad to hear such further particulars of the Danbury expedition, as may have come to your knowlege, that bear the marks of authenticity. I am Dear Sir Your most humble servt

Go: Washington

P.S. The Ships lying opposite to Amboy have lately left that station; for what purpose is unknown; but this is an additional circumstance that ought to keep awake our attention to the North River.

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, CSmH; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Hamilton addressed the cover to: “The Honourable Brigadier General McDougall Peeks Kill.”

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