From Major General Robert Howe
Mandeville’s, opposite West Point
July 19th 1779
Deprived as I was by the Enemies’ Advance of reducing their Post at Verplanck, which, but for that Event, I persuade myself I should have effected, I had nothing left but to retreat, which I performed and was so happy as to be joined by General Heath at Peeks-Kill.1 My Situation was critical, and it was well for me that I had found means to Obtain a tolerably exact Information of the Enemies’ Motions.
Tho’ disappointed of the ultimate End of my Aim, if my Conduct meets the Approbation of my General, I shall be happy.2
I beg leave to suggest the exceeding Week State of my Division, and venture to express a Wish that an Addition could be made to it; General Heath mentions Glover’s Brigade as unattached.3 I have the honour to be with all Respect Your Excellency’s Obedt & very humble Servt