George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Israel Putnam, 29 September 1777

From Major General Israel Putnam

Peeks kill [N.Y.] Septr 29th 1777

Dear General

by letter from Genl Silliman received last night he long ago ordered one half of his Brigade to be drafted & to Join the army here—of whom One Capt: & Twelve men only have Joined me—Genl Burgoine, by letter Just received from the Northward is determined to push for Albany & a Strong force is Collected at Newyork—by The Troops being drawn to the northward & to the Southward from this Post, makes one think of a Cask Tapt at both Ends which Soon becomes light & easily removed—the Militia of the Jersies are all with you, the Militia of Connecticut are excused upon paying five pounds and vast numbers of them gone Northward—however I hope for the Best—but much fear what the Consequences will be the loss of this Post will effect the Continent more then most people are Sensible off—& its a very great mistake to immagine its not in imminent danger—inclosed is a return of the two detachments ordered from here to Join you—was referred to & to have been inclosed in my letter of yesterday but by mistake was omitted which I now Send.1 with much esteem & respect your most Obedt humble Servant

Israel Putnam

LS, owned (1992) by Mr. Richard Maass, White Plains, New York. The word “Copy” appears at the top of the manuscript.

1This letter has not been found, nor has the enclosed return been identified.

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