George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Benedict Arnold, 30 June 1778

To Major General Benedict Arnold

English Town [N.J.] June 30: 1778.

Dr Sir

As we are again in possession of philadelphia and it may possibly happen that in the course of the War, the Enemy may form some design against it, either in reality or appearance, I have sent General Portail to examine what defences may be essential for it’s security and to make his report to me, as soon as the nature of the business will admit. In order to facilitate this, I am to request that you will give him every aid in your power that he may consider material for informing his judgement & making a well digested plan. For particulars on this Head, I refer you to Genl portail’s instructions.1

Colo. Jackson’s regiment having joined the Army & being thus far advanced from the Station to which it was lately assigned, It will proceed with me to Hudson’s river. Colo. Hartleys was to have marched from York Town about the time we left Valley forge, which you will order to supply the place of the former, unless Congress shall have directed another disposition of it, and which they wish to remain.

In your next, let me know the state of your wound. I am Dr Sir with great regard & esteem Yr Obligd & Aff. Hble servant.

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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