George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Israel Putnam, 14 August 1777

From Major General Israel Putnam

Peeks Kill [N.Y.] august 14th 1777

Dear Genl

I this moment received a letter from Govr Geo: Clinton at New Windsor, inclosing a Copy of intelligence from the northward which I send to you,1 also requesting Some Continental Troops to go northward—to Support the Militia whom he is gone to influence on—in Consequence of his request your Order before given I have ordered Col. Courtlands & Livingston’s Regts to march immediately to the northward.

Since I wrote you this day more deserters have come in, who Contradict the acct of McDonald, I sent you, that no part of the army have advanced beyond the fort, except the Picquet, this Sex weeks—that they are not more then 4 or 5000 Strong & very Sickly with the Camp distemper. dear Sir I am most affectionately your obedt humble Servt

Israel Putnam

P.S: Sir. I think if your Excellency were here we might go into N. York Since writing the above I was honourd with yours of the 11th & Shall observe the directions of it.


1For Clinton’s letter to Putnam of this date, see Hastings, Clinton Papers description begins Hugh Hastings and J. A. Holden, eds. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777–1795, 1801–1804. 10 vols. 1899–1914. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends , 2:224–25.

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