George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Robert Howe, 28 July 1780

To Major General Robert Howe

Head Quarters Bergen County 28th July 1780.

Dear Sir

I have recd yours of the 26th—The Army will move from this Ground tomorrow Morning by the Paramus Route,1 you will therefore direct your dispatches in future to take that Road.

Our present stock of Musket Cartridges being very insufficient for the probable demand, you will be pleased to order seventy or eighty Infantry and about twenty Artillery Men to take Colo. Lambs directions for carrying on that Business—They must be men who have been used to it—and are to continue untill the stock of materials on hand is worked up.2 I am Dear Sir Yr &.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2For the origin of this order, see Henry Knox to GW, this date. Through his aide-de-camp Tench Tilghman, GW repeated the order on 4 Aug. to the new commander at West Point (see GW to Benedict Arnold, 3 Aug., source note).

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