From Brigadier General Charles Scott
[Westchester County, N.Y.]
Monday Morning Sun rise [14 September 1778]
I this moment recd a Note from Majr Tallmadge who informs me that his patroles Are Just returnd, who has been on all the roads Between the Brunnx and North river, the one on the albany road proceeded down almost as Fare as Phillips’s Hous that on Sawmill River as low as fowlers1 then Crossed the ridge To the Mile Square road five miles below this, Nither of which has obtaind the least intellags. of any Movement of the enemy. I have heard Nothing from Majr Lee who is on the east side of the Brunx, the deserter is Just reached my Camp who Seams to give but a lame Acct. He knows nothing of any troops Coming from long Island. he says that Some red Coats and greens Moved over the Bridg Last evening to Join Those troops on this Side, he Supposes when all togather amounted to about 2000, who He Says was on their March when he came off I this moment recd a Message from Majr Lee who informs me that his patrolls is allso Returnd without any intelligence of the enemy. I am Your Excellencys Obt Servant
ALS, DLC:GW. Scott signed a note on the cover to “Suffer the B⟨e⟩arer to pass.” The date is taken from the docket.
1. Benjamin Fowler (1715–1786) was a Philipse Manor leaseholder. In 1786 he purchased the 305 acres of forfeited Loyalist land on which he resided, located between the Sawmill River and Sprain Brook, about two miles north-northwest of Valentine’s Hill.