George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General John Sullivan, 9 September 1778

To Major General John Sullivan

Head Quarters White plains 9th Sepr 1778

Dear Sir

I am favd with yours of the 5th and 6th1 I hope the loss of the enemy mentioned in the former may prove true.

I cannot at present account for the intent of the landing at Bedford, if they mean to act seriously to the Eastward, I think it will occasion a removal of their whole force from New York. Many accounts from thence say that an evacuation is intended, but I cannot learn that they have yet made sufficient demonstrations to render the thing certain. I hope your next will give me such further information of the operations of the Enemy, as will serve [in] some measure to direct me as to what ought to be the disposition of this Army. I am &c.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Sullivan’s letter to GW of 6 Sept. has not been found.

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