George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 11 July 1779

From Major General William Heath

Continental Village [N.Y.] July 11th 1779

Dear General

Your favor of yesterday repeating the order for the formation of the Light Infantry Companies did not reach me until I arrived here,1 with Parsons’s Brigade I have given Orders to have the Companies Compleated immediately,2 I shall prosecute my march with all Possible dispatch with the two Brigades when the weather permits at present it is very Stormy, The Artillery was ordered on with the Troops. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellencys most Obedient Servt

W. Heath

ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers.

1Heath is referring to GW’s letter to him of this date that was inaccurately dated 10 July.

2At this place on his draft manuscript, Heath struck out a passage that reads: “were it not your Excellencys pleasure to detain the light Companies I should deeply lament their being left, loss of them from the Division and from Service.”

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