George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 19 June 1782

Highlands June 19th 1782

Dear General

I was the last evening honored with yours of the 17th. I apprehend it will be necessary to lay General Bevilles letter before the Arbitrators as a check upon the representations which will be made by the State Agent of the great number of horses kept, and forrage consumed by the French Army. Your Excellencys observations shall be subjoined.

Enclosed is a letter from Major Gibbs and a New York paper of the 15 sent up by the Major last evening. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Light Infantry Camp nigh Croton June 18th 1782. 10 oClock. A.M.

Dr Sir.

I was yesterday in the Afternoon honored with your letter of the 16th, inclosing a Boston paper of the 6th for which I beg you to accept my warmest acknowledgements.

Late last evening I recd the inclosed paper of the 15th, with some further intilligence respecting the movements of the enemy, which I do myself the pleasure to transmit.

All the heavy Cannon, & military stores, of every kind, except the field artillery attached to the several Corps, are removed from Fort Washington, Laurell Hill, & from all the out posts on York Island, and likewise the heavy cannon &c., from Fort George (my informant says) are also removed, They have formed a park in front of the new prison (formerly our grand parade) which is to be the grand deposit of Military stores.

Several vessells have been taken in heavy cannon, Cariages, & stores these some days past, and it is given out they are to be carried to the narrows, where they are going to Fortify against an expected French Fleet. The freinds to Government are much allarmed at the great movements made in the City, my informant says, there has never been, such a bustle with them, since they have been in N. York. The 37th British regt was to march yesterday morning from their out posts to New York when it was said they were to embark. A Court Martial composed of British Officers, have been setting these several days, for the trial of Lipencut. and it was currently reported he would be given up.

Sir Guy Carleton is very busy in visiting the prisons, provost, Hospitals &c., and every place where prisoners were confined. he has curtailed the expence of the Garrison, it is said beyond account, by derangeing many of the departments more particularly the staff.

I have given Captn Stone (who marched this morning at day light to releive Captn Bradford at the New Bridge) particular directions, respecting the collecting all the Boats, at the mouth of Croton, on both sides of the river, But it will be impossible to prevent the intercourse, carried on between the Inhabitants, & the enemy, by water, unless a guard boat or two is stationed on the river, boats are constantly passing att all times & seasons, from above & below Croton towards. New York, those who do not go by Dobbs ferry land about Tarry Town & that vicinity.

I must beg leave to trouble you, by requesting, that a surgeon may be sent to this post, & a Mate to the post of Bedford, as several men being recruits need their immediate assistance. I flatter myself this will be done as soon as possible. I have the honor to be With great respect & regard Dr Sir Your most. Obedt humbe servant

C. Gibbs Major 2d M. Regt

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