Ramapough June 29th 80
I have had the honor to receive your favor of the 22d Instt from Trenton, & thank you for the aid you have been pleased to afford in getting the Provisions & Stores removed from that place—Happily for us—the transportation is in a better train, and in greater forwardness than I had reason (a few days ago) to expect it would be at this time.
I am under no apprehension now of danger to the Post at West point on the score either, of provisions—strength of the works—or Garrison. I am sorry however to find there are apprehensions on acct of the Commandant, and that my knowledge of him does not enable me to form any decisive judgement of his fitness to command. but as Genl McDougal & Baron Steuben (men of approved bravery) are both with him, and the main army is in supporting distance I confess I have no fear on the ground of what I presume is suspected—to remove him therefore under these circumstances, and at this period, must be too severe a wound to the feelings of any Officer to be given but in cases of real necessity.
When a general arrangement is gone into—& a disposition is made for the Campaign, I can with propriety—& shall most certainly—bring G. H.—into the line of the Army, & place the Gentleman you have named at that Post; if the operations of the Campaign are such as to render it expedient, to leave an Officer of his Rank in that Command. If the States mean to put the Army in a condition to adopt any offensive plan, the period cannot be far distant when this measure must take place.
Your sentiments my dear Sir, upon this occasion, required no apology—the opinion, & advice of my friends, I receive at all times as a proof of their friendship; and am thankful when they are offered.
I am so well persuaded of the safety of West-point, and of the necessity of easing as much as possible the Militia—& of husbanding our provisions & Stores, that I have dismissed all the Militia that were called in for the defence of the Posts on the North River. With the greatest esteem & regard—I have the honr to be Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Ser.
NHi: Robert Livingston Papers.