George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Paterson, 14 May 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor May 14th 1781

Dear Sir

I have recd yours of this day—Should the Enemy still be out, you will instantly put the Connecticut line in motion, with Orders to reinforce the Corps under Colonel Scammell. The Troops must all be held in the most perfect readiness for action, and the [Quarter] Guards be instructed to use the greatest vigilance. Every effort will be necessary to gain early, regular, & constant intelligence of the Enemys numbers, motions & designs, which you will be pleased to communicate to me.

Should anything material happen, I shall wish to be informed immediately—& even, ’tho nothing of consequence should take place you will please to let me hear from you by the Morng. I am &c.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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