From Major General Alexander McDougall
West point 17th July 1779. 7 P.M.
Your Excellencys Favor of this Day is this Moment received.1 Colonel Hamiltons of equal date, reached Me at 3 P.M.2 Only Eight of the Boats written for, can be procured and are now ready. It is imposible at this post, to furnish the Horse Harness desired; for few of the Artillery brought here are accompanied with Horse Harness. I have however directed the Quarter-Master to write immediately to New-Windsor for them. If they can be had, they will be sent with all posible dispatch.3 The Pettiaugers are ordered; but Watermen are so scarse for the demand, and many of them marched with pattersons Brigade, I fear the number neccessary cannot be got to Man the Galley. Every effort however will be made. I have the honor to be Your Excellencys Humble Servant
P.S. If my Conjectures are just, as to the use to be made of the Galley, I fear it is out of our power to Send her properly provided, to take in the Heavy Cannon.4
LS, DLC:GW; ADf, NHi: McDougall Papers.
1. This letter has not been found.
2. This letter from GW’s aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton to McDougall has not been identified.
3. GW apparently wanted horse harness suitable for use with artillery to concentrate firepower against the British works at Verplanck Point, N.Y. (see GW to Robert Howe, 16 and 17 July [first and second letters]; and Howe to GW, 17 [first and second letter], 18, and 19 July; see also GW to the Officer Commanding Artillery at Chester, N.Y., 16 July, and n.2 to that document). For the abandonment of these operations against Verplanck Point, see Howe to GW, 18 July; Heath to GW, 19 July (second and third letters); and GW to Heath, 19 July.