Hd Qrs Augt 28th 1780
I yesterday received your letter of the 21st. The ravages committed on the frontier are lamentable in every point of view; but until the states will adopt the policy of having an army instead of the semblance of one, we must expect to submit to similar depredations, and evils still worse.
Some change having happened in the general prospects of the campaign, I am induced to order Col. Malcolm with the levies under his command to proceed to the frontier—One of the objects for sending him will be to relieve the garrison of Fort Schuyler. You will therefore put your regiment under marching orders and when the relief arrives will march it to join the army. I have left the final arrangements in this matter to Governor Clinton to whose instructions you will be pleased to conform. I am Sir Your most Obedt & humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.