George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Anthony Wayne, 28 September 1779

To Major General Anthony Wayne

Head Quarters [West Point] 28 Sepr 1779.

Dear Sir

I do not at present see any objection to your taking the position you mention in yours of this morning, but I cannot undertake to determine fully, untill I have received a Report from Generals Knox and Du portail of their reconnoitering yesterday.1

If you are not engaged tomorrow I shall expect the pleasure of your Company at dinner when we will settle the above.2 I am with great Regard Dear Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, PHi: Wayne Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW signed the cover of the LS.

1GW ordered this reconnaissance on 26 Sept. (see GW to Wayne, that date). For Brig. Gen. Henry Knox’s report, see Knox to GW, 30 September.

2The next day, GW authorized Wayne to shift the Light Infantry Corps to the vicinity of Stony Point, N.Y. (see GW to Wayne, 29 Sept.).

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