George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 14 September 1780

From Major General William Heath

Newport September 14 1780

Dear General,

I am just honored with yours of the 10th enclosing duplicate of yours of the 28th Ultimo. that letter came to hand by post but was a long time coming.1

I executed one of the Culprits who was under Sentence of death for desertion, and pardoned the other three.

Colonel Green’s regiment will march on with their old arms; but the Colonel assures me many of them are very unfit for actual service.2

We have no news of consequence in this quarter that can be depended on. We have various reports of Fleets sailing and being seen at sea. I Wish we may see them on our Coast before it is too late to answer any valuable purpose.3 I have the honor to be, With the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most obedient Servant

W. Heath

LS, DLC:GW; ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers. GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison docketed the LS: “no Answer necesy.”

2Col. Christopher Greene’s 2d Rhode Island Regiment left Aquidneck Island, R.I., for GW’s army on 17 Sept., but Heath ordered them back (see Wilson, Heath’s Memoirs description begins Rufus Rockwell Wilson, ed. Heath’s Memoirs of the American War. 1798. Reprint. New York, 1904. description ends , 265–66, and Heath to GW, 25 Sept.).

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