The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 13

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 13

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 13

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 13

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To MAJOR GENERAL HORATIO GATES

Colo. Brinckerhoffs,1 October 1, 1778.

Sir: I do not find that the Enemy are advancing on the West side of the River. From the latest accounts they were at the liberty pole, and at the Newbridge near Hackensack; and from many circumstances and the conjectures of the Officers in their Neighbourhood, it would seem that foraging is the principal object of their expedition. I was very apprehensive that they would possess themselves of some of our Stores, but they have not; and I am in hope, that the only inconvenience we shall suffer in this instance from their coming out, will be a diversion of them from the usual route, and a little more delay in getting them to Camp.

Colo. Butler2 from Genl. Scot's detachment was fortunate enough to fall in with a party of the Enemy yesterday morning, and to make a Lieutenant and Eighteen privates prisoners, besides killing Ten, without any loss on our part. I am etc.3

[N. Y. H. S.]

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