To Major General Israel Putnam
Head Quarters Middlebrook June 2 1779
In mine to you of the 24th instant,1 I requested you to join the main army immediately to take the command of one of the wings—As things now are at a crisis2 and every officer ought to be at his station I am to repeat my earnest desire wherever this finds you that you will instantly repair to my Head Quarters—I expect to set out tomorrow towards the Clove by way of Morris Town.3 I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt servt.
Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
3. GW departed Middlebrook on 3 June and reached Morristown by 9:00 P.M. on that date (see GW to John Jay, 3 June [third letter]). See the general orders for 6 June for evidence that GW reached Smiths Clove, N.Y., by that date.
Putnam apparently arrived at Smiths Clove before GW wrote him a letter from that place on 14 June.