From Major General William Heath
Mandavilles [Dutchess County, N.Y.]
Augst 5th 1779.
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
ALS (retained copy), MHi: Heath Papers.