George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benedict Arnold, 8 September 1780

Head Quarters Robinson’s House September 8th 1780.

Dear Sir,

I do myself the Honor to inclose Your Excellency, Copy of a Letter from Colo. Hay of the 5th inst.

In Answer to his Letter I informed him, "That our Force on the Lines was already inadequate to the Duty required to be done in that Quarter. "And that I did not think it prudent to withdraw the two Companies of Malcoms Brigade without first advising with Your Excellency on the subject And that I would inform him of the Results, as soon as I was favored with your Orders— I shall therefore be happy to receive Your Excellency’s Directions in this Matter, by the returning Express. I have the Honor to be, with every Sentiment of Regard & Respect, Your Excellency’s Most Obedt & Very Hble Servt

B. Arnold

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Fisk Kill 5th Septr 1780

Dear General,

I am yet for some Time dubious of our being able to furnish the Army with that Supply of Flour absolutely necessary, unless a Company of Men could be procured from the Army to assist for a Couple of Weeks, in threshing out the Quota demanded of these People living in the Vicinity of Mills, that can grind in the present low State of the Water; With this Assistance I think we should run no risque of a plentiful Supply for this Month, & after that Time, I flatter myself all our Difficulties on that score will Vanish.

If You should approve of this, Colonel Malcom has two Companies of his Brigade who were left on the Lines, would probably be easiest spared & best Answer that Purpose.

I should be Glad to hear from You on the subjects, And am &ca

Udny Hay


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