George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 5 August 1779

From Major General William Heath

Mandavilles [Dutchess County, N.Y.]
Augst 5th 1779.

Dear General

I forward Two prisoners Sent me the last evening by Major Genl Howe in his Letter to me1 he observes.

“I send two Prisoners: one a Diserter from a Virginia Corps the other a Soldier of Simcoe’s Corps taken by our light Horse near the Enemys Lines, and Supposed by many here to be a Spy as he had put off the Soldier and put on the Peasant he was much disguised. He says he was going on a visit to his wife near Bedford and did not wish to be know[n]: and this I rather beleive to be the Case.”

with the Gentlmn of my family I intend to have the honor of paying our respects to your Excellency at noon. I have the honor to be very respectfully your Excellencys most obedient Servt

W. Heath

ALS (retained copy), MHi: Heath Papers.

1For Maj. Gen. Robert Howe’s letter to Heath, see GW to Howe, 4 Aug., n.1.

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