George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Reid, 8 June 1782

Albany 8th June 1782

Dr Sir

I was Hon’d with a letter from your Excellency adressed to Colo. Tupper, dated the 29th ultimo, in which you wish the Contl Troops [togethe]r as near as Circumstances will admit. As soon as all the N. York State Levies arrive, I hope I shall be able to have the second Regt (which is at present very much scattered) Collected at Fort Plaine, the most central post on Mohawk River, and where they will be ready to Operate, wherever there may be Necessity the first Regimt have not been Seperated; but Garrison Saratoga—Several small parties of Indians have made their appearance near Mohawk River lately. The Week before last, a scout of our people fell in with one of the Enemy in the night; when several shots were exchanged from both parties, by which we had two men wounded; the enemy scamperd Off, and left three Indian packs on the ground; by which it is supposed some of them must have been Mortaly wounded.

I must inform you that we are almost destitute of Cartridges in this Quarter; the few that are on hand, are much too small being made for the Militias arms—I wish a Quantity of Musquet ball, Cartridge paper, & thread, may be Ordered on as soon as possible; there is powder in store sufficient for the present.

The Quarter Master at this post is destitute of almost every thing we stand in need of. If a supply of papper, in particular, is not sent very soon, every thing in this District will be [throwd] into Confution.

My Dr sir, give me leave to inform you, that about six or seven weeks since, I had the Missfortune to fall with my horse, whereby I Received a very bad hurt, which Occasioned my not Joining here untill the last of May, on my arrival Colo. Tupper pressed on to Joine his Regt. I wait you further Orders or Commands, and am with the greatest Esteem Your Excellencys Most Obedt Hble Servt

Geo. Reid

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