George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, 24 September 1779

From Brigadier General Anthony Wayne

Fort Mont[gomer]y [N.Y.] 24th Sepr 1779
4. OClock P.M.

Dear General

I intended to do myself the honor of waiting on you this morning, but my foot being a little painful, & the appearance of the Sixteen Gun Sloop of War, with a Galley & a few boats round the Dunderberg point,1 determined me to remain in my Quarters, shou’d anything further turn up your Excellency may depend upon the earliest Intelligence.

I wished to have spoke to you on Major McCormicks affair which I rather think proceeds from his being the most executive Officer in the case of Gecock—than from any real cause of Complaint against him in person.2

the poor fellow has not a Capacity to make a proper defence—Otherwise he has little to apprehend from the Prosecution—for I believe it is not him that is ment to be hurt by it. I have the Honor to be your Excellencys Most Obt & very Hume Sert

Anty Wayne

ALS (retained copy), PHi: Wayne Papers.

1Wayne is referring to the point of land east of Dunderberg Mountain which forms a sharp bend in the Hudson River approximately 22 miles below Fort Montgomery, New York.

2For this affair, see GW to Wayne, 21 Sept., and Wayne to GW, 23 September.

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