George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 3 April 1780

Highlands April 3d 1780

Dr Sir

My letters written one on the morning of the 2d Instant, and one on this day, both of which I believe you will receive by Majr Bowman, in some measure anticipate the necessity of this.

When I Ventur’d to express a wish, that I might be permitted to call down Poors Brigade, I order’d Barracks to be prepared for their reception, which are now ready, I therefore with gladness dispatch’d an Express to Danbury, the moment I was Honour’d with your Excellencys letter last evening, to press their proceeding, with all possible expedition to have the earliest notice of the Enem[ies] designs, which of the least consequential will instantly be Transmitted—I hope to put down the Chain tomorrow; it has for many days past ingrosd the principal attention of Colo. Cosciosco[;] the River is now Just fit to receive it.

If nothing makes it improper I think to ride to Poughkeepsie tomorrow, as an interivew with Governor Clinton is upon some accounts Consequential, and in the way I mean to be at a conference between Colo. Hay, and the Magistrates near Poughkeepsie, where he thinks my presence will have a good effect, Some stimulous is requisite to these Gentlemen whose aid in procuring Teams is absolutely necessary, without which we shall be distressed for Provisions and letters to them, like a Medicine often repeated, appears to have lost its effect—If I go I shall not stay an unnecessary moment. I am Dr Sir with the Greatest regard & respect your Excellency’s Most Obt Hume Servant

Robert Howe

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