George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 16 October 1780

Head Quarters near Passaic Falls 16th Octor 1780

Dear Sir

I have this moment received Your Excellency’s favor of the 14th, with its inclosures. I do not think it at all improbable that the movements of the Enemy, at this advanced season of the year, may have been upon a plan concerted to take advantage of the success of Arnolds Treachery—Genl Greene, upon the first intelligence, ordered Gansevoorts Regiment up to Albany I have directed him to send either Weisenfelts or Willets Regiment after them—This is all the force I can with propriety detach from the Highland Posts, untill the views of the Enemy at New York are more fully ascertained—They have for a long time made demonstrations of an embarkation, but the sailing has been hitherto delayed. I however hope that the Troops already ordered, with the assistance of the Militia, will be sufficient to check the Enemy—They must depend upon the Country for supplies, as the Magazines are in a manner exhausted—Your Excellency will oblige me by keeping me advised of any further operations. I have the honor to be With the greatest regard & esteem Your Excellencys Most Obet hum. Servt

Go: Washington


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