George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant Colonel John Jameson, 2 October 1780

From Lieutenant Colonel John Jameson

North Castle New Purchase [N.Y.]1 Octr 2d 1780


I have just received information that about six thousand Men are embarked & embarking some say they are destin’d for Rhoad Island some for Pensylvania and others that they are going to Virginia It is said that all the Pensylvania Refugees are to go on Board the Fleet It is also said that part of their Cavalry are to go. The Man I wrote to you about in my last Letter is up in this neighbourhood he tells me that he has been inform’d that most of the people that were friends to America in New York are confined he is very desirous to move his family from the lines but says that he is not able.2 A party of the inhabitants and some of my Men have killed two of Delanceys Men and taken three prisoners one of the Prisoners was so badly wounded that he was left on Parole The inhabitants are very desirous to have the Prisoners exchanged for some Men of their own Company that are Prisoners now in the Sugar house. I am with esteem Your Excellencys most Obedient & very humble Servant

John Jameson

ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection.

1Jameson apparently wrote from a location between North Castle, N.Y., and Bedford New Purchase, farmland near Bedford, New York.

2Jameson spoke with Luther Kinnicut (see Jameson to GW, 27 Sept., and n.2).

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