To Major General Benedict Arnold
Head Quarters White plains 9th Augt 1778
I have been favd with yours of the 30th ulto inclosing a return of the Troops in the City and of the Officers. All those of Pennsylvania had leave of Absence for a particular reason, and may therefore remain untill further orders. Those from other States, (Lt Colo. parke in particular) should be ordered to join their Corps, except they can make it appear that they are upon Business. I would wish that all the effective Continental troops may be sent forward to the Army. I should think that the few men necessary for Town Guards might, upon application, be furnished from the City Militia.
I have regularly furnished Congress with all my intelligence from Rhode Island, you will therefore, through the members, receive a state of matters in that quarter, which hitherto wear a favorable aspect. Dear Sir Sincerely Yours.
Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.