George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Fellows, 27 June 1780

Ramapough June 27th 1780.

Dr Sir,

I have been informed that you are marching with a Brigade of Militia to the succour of West Point, in consequence of a requisition from the Honble Mesrs Adams and Gerry. That post for some time seemed from a variety of intelligence, to be the Object against which the Enemy meant to direct their operations, and in this view & from the importance of keeping it secure, and the divided state in which we were compelled to hold our Continental force, those Gentn thought it material I presume to make the requisition. but the Enemy having left the Jersey’s and circumstances in consequence admitting our Troops to be more collected, such arrangements have taken place for its defence, as to render I trust the aid you were bringing unnecessary at least for the present however material it might have been considered before. You will therefore, if you have begun your march, be pleased to return with the Militia and if you have not and they are not assembled you will prevent it. At the same time I am confident that you and the Militia will upon application give us succour with the greatest cheerfulness and I would recommend that they should hold themselves in the best state of readiness circumstances will permit, that they may be the better able to do it, if at any time it should be found requisite. I am, Dr Sir Yr Most Obed. Sert

G. Washington

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