George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 4 October 1778

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters [Fishkill] 4th October 1778.

Dear Sir.

I am to thank you for your favor of the 28th Ulto and its several inclosures—the intelligence given you by Mr Colvill is very interesting if it can be depended on—and particularly to Count d’Estaing—to whom no doubt you have communicated it.

Your distribution of the twelve hundred Militia men ordered out by the Council of State—exactly coincides with my wishes—their labour if it has not its immediate use, will remain a permanent security to the town—and as you observe give confidence and tranquillity to our allies.

Every intelligence of the progress of Clothing, is very acceptable to me—as it diminishes my anxiety—and opens the prospect of a happy completion of our wishes in this important article—the stopping a sufficient quantity for the invalids was perfectly right.

The Enemy in the Jersey continue nearly in the same position as when I last had the pleasure of writing to you1 and will probably retire as soon as they have secured their Plunder—A packet is arrived at New York—which will probably determine General Clintons Plans. I am Dear Sir with great regard Your most obedt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in John Laurens’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This letter has not been found. GW’s most recent known letter to Heath—that of 29 Sept.—introduces Duportail to Heath. Neither it nor the letters that GW wrote to Heath on 22, 23, and 27 Sept. mention the British incursion into New Jersey.

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