George Washington Papers

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

From Major General William Heath

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

Dear General

I now forward William Stead a Deserter from the 33rd British Regt who I mentioned yesterday to be detained by General Nixon as an Evidence against one Mathews, whom He Stead acused of Supplying the Enemy with Butter—muttons &c.1 Mathews has been taken up and I forward him herewith to be disposed of as your Excellency may Direct Stead asserts he has Cut up mutton for Mathews at the Point.

I also forward one James Lilly of the Furnace Cortlands manor, enclosed is his own declaration before me which he has Signed.2 I also forward a Hessian Yauger. I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellencys most obedient Servt

W. Heath

P.S. John Ferris and Jno. Van Tassel Esqr. two Justices of the County of westchester attend Mathews, and Lilley.

ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers.

1Presumably Heath communicated this information to GW verbally; no letter on this topic of that date has been found. For Brig. Gen. John Nixon’s letter to Heath, which is dated 4 Sept. at “Camp Highlands” and relates this information about Mathews and Stead, who had deserted from the British fort at Verplanck Point, N.Y., see DLC:GW.

2The enclosed declaration has not been identified.

Cortlandt Furnace, N.Y., was located one-half mile east of the Albany Road at a location three miles southeast of King’s Ferry, N.Y., and about two miles north of Croton, New York.

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