George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington, 16 April 1780

To Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington

Hd Qrs Morris Town April 16th 1780

Dr Sir

I have just recd your favor of this date1—I have not had any advice from the Commanding Officer at Paramus of the matter which it communicates,2 & therefore must request you to give me the best intelligence you can get From that quarter3—If you have any Militia horse with you they may be serviceable, while the enemy are out, & enable you the better to give me an account of their movements—You will of course be on your Guard. I am &ca


It will be well to employ your horse on your left flank, which will be a security both to you & us, especially if the Enemy shd be out in force & intend a flying party for this place.

Df, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Huntington had written GW from Springfield, N.J., on this date at noon: “The Captain of the Guard at Newark informs me by Letter dated this Morning 10 oClock that the Enemy were out in a considerable Body of Horse at Paramus that they had burn’t some Houses” (ALS, DLC:GW).

2For the letter GW subsequently received from the commanding officer at Paramus, N.J., see Jonathan Hallett to GW, this date.

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