George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Charles Scott, 22 October 1778

To Brigadier General Charles Scott

Head Quarters Fredericksbg 22d Octobr 1778

Dear Sir

I have been favd with yours of the 20th and 21st. The Serjeant is intelligent and proves beyond a doubt that a large Body of troops have been embarked.1 The Fleet left the Hook the 19th and 20th. It now remains to find out whether they mean a total evacuation this fall or to garrison New York. let the attention of all your intelligencers and Spies be turned to these points. If they intend to keep a garrison, let them be very particular in discovering the number of Troops, the Corps of which they consist, and where posted especially how many are upon long Island. I think you may as well pass by Knyphausens letter in silence.2 If you do answer him, I would have you defend the conduct of the Serjeant, who could not be supposed to infringe a flag, by hindering one of our own subjects from carrying supplies to the Enemy. I am &c.

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

1GW is referring to the spy, Sgt. Nathaniel Brown, whom Scott had sent to GW’s headquarters (see Scott to GW, 21 Oct., and note 1 to that document).

2This letter, which Scott enclosed in his letter to GW of 20 Oct., has not been identified.

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