George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Henry Knox, 31 July 1780

To Brigadier General Henry Knox

[Highlands, N.Y.] ⟨Ju⟩ly 31. 1780

Dr Sir

By advices received this afternoon the Enemy have again made an incursio⟨n⟩ into this State and were in pretty considerable force before Fort Schuyler on the 27th.1 It is essential that a considerable number of Militia should march to relieve it, and Ammunition is wanted for them, which can not be supplied at Albany. You will therefore be pleased to direct the Commissary of Military Stores to have a quantity of powder & Lead equal to a hundred2 rounds of each & a proper quantity of Cartridge paper held in readines⟨s⟩ to be delivered on the application of Colo. Hay, to whom I have written to forward it immediately to Mr Ransalaer at Albany.3 I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt st

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, ICHi. GW signed the cover. The letter is addressed to Knox at West Point, New York.

1See Goose Van Schaick to GW, 29 July (both letters [letter 1; letter 2]); see also GW to John Fellows, this date.

2Harrison almost certainly meant to write a hundred thousand (see GW to Van Schaick, this date).

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