George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Charles Scott, 18 October 1778

From Brigadier General Charles Scott

Near Bedford [N.Y.] October 18th 1778


I have Just recd an Account from one of the officers whom I had out for intelligence that there are no troops on York Island Between Kings bridg and the City. that the whole of the Brittish troops wear in the City and imbarking on Wensday last.1 and that Simcoes & Emricks Corps and Some of the Jagers was at and near fort Independance. that their advanced guard was on Tippets neck which they drew in at Night.2 He assurs me of the trooth of this. it is given out in the City that the troops are going to the eastw<ard> But within a fiew days Several Ships of war h<ave> Saild for the Hook which has caused doubts to Arise among the Diseffected persons in town respecting their Destination. and that they have a repo[r]t Now prevailing in the City that the whole british Armey are going to the west indies. it is Quietly Spokin that they have lost Some of their Islands but none of any consequince3—they hant fierd the morning Nor evening gun at fort independance (as usial) these Two days past. the officer who Sends me this Acct informs me that he has a man gon to the City whom he expects to meet this day. with the best Account possable which he will immediatly Forward. I have now several other persons on this Duty that I expect to hear from this moment. I am Your Excellencys Obt Servant

Chs Scott


1The previous Wednesday was 14 October.

2Scott apparently is referring to the area immediately north of King’s Bridge along Tibbetts Brook, which flows south through Yonkers to enter Spuyten Duyvil Creek a short distance west of King’s Bridge. The brook’s name derives from that of George Tippitt, who purchased land in this vicinity before 1670.

3For accounts of the French capture of the British island of Dominica in the West Indies on 7 Sept., see GW to Horatio Gates, 3 Oct., and note 3 to that document. Maj. Gen. James Grant’s West Indies expedition, consisting of ten British regiments, sailed from Sandy Hook on 3 November.

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