George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 22 February 1781

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters New Windsor 22nd February 1781.

Dear sir

I have received your favor of the 20th1—inclosed you have Captain Smarts discharge bearing date the 1st instant.2

I am satisfied with the arrangments you have made below. As you have, I doubt not, taken care that there are men enough appointed to each work to secure it against a Coup de Main which is the only matter we have to apprehend at this season.

I have written to General Lincoln—to Colonel Shepherd at Springfield and to Lt Colonel Olney at providence to forward the Recruits of Massechusetts and Rhode Island.3 I have also mentioned the matter generally to Governor Trumbull4—You, I imagine, have given particular instructions of a similar nature to the Officers in Connecticut—If you have not done it, and in the most pointed terms, be pleased to repeat them.5 I am with great esteem Your most Obedient and Humble servant.

Go: Washington

LS, in William Colfax’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2The discharge certificate for Capt. Thomas Smart has not been identified.

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