Stamford Augt 10th 1781
Your Excellency has undoubtedly been informed of the exposed situation of this part of the Country & of the frequent incursions of the Enemy; several Inhabitants have been killed wounded & near Sixty within a short time carried into confinement & robb’d of their property & unless some protection is afforded, those who are of Ability & Inclination will retire into the Country & others will make their peace—The Ardor of the people (which is to be lamented) has abated in consequence of their distresses so that very little Opposition is to be expected from them.
If it be consistent with general Good for your Excelly to detach some part of the Army as Guards, upon this representation I have no doubt it will be done—Genl Parsons will inform your Excelly of the designs of the Enemy against this Town & can give you any other information you desire. I am with Esteem your Excelly most Obdt Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.