George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Paterson, 17 May 1781

West Point May 17th 1781

Dear General

I have just received the inclosed. The Detatchments on the lines are very uneasy in their present situation, the Croton being very low and consequently fordable in many places. They conceive it highly inexpedient to remain in their present Situation, and from my own knowledge of that Country, think it very unsafe to lay more than twenty four hours in any one place. Some instructions relative to them will be very acceptable. I am Your Excellency’s Most obt Servant

John Paterson

P.S. It appears by the best information the Enemy are directing works between Croton-Landing and Fort Lee. Their numbers consist of between two and three hundred. Said to be refugees, beg leave to hint that an opportunity presents to retaliate Col. Greens unhappy fate. It is also reported that the Garrison at Fort Worthington is ordered to hold themselves in perfect readiness to assist them should they be attacked.

DLC: Peter Force Collection.

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