The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 6

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 6

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 6

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 6

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To MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM HEATH

New York, September 1, 1776.

Sir: I received your favor of this date, and intend this evening to go to Harlem and see whether the situation of things will admit of the several detachments and dispositions you mention, so that every place necessary to be maintained should have measures taken for their defence. I should suppose that Hutchinson's1 regiment, and the 300 men you say are at Mount Washington, will do to garrison it for the present, and will be equal to any force that will be brought against it, if they keep a good look-out and do not suffer a surprise. This you must strongly press upon them to guard against.--

As it is of great consequence to gain intelligence of the enemy's designs, and of their intended operations, I cannot but recommend your attention to this subject, and that you will Concert some measures with General Clinton2 for establishing a Channel of information. I apprehend that his general acquaintance with most of the people in the colony will give him an opportunity of fixing upon suitable persons, and in whom a confidence may be reposed, to embark in this business, and who, from their connections on the island and the assistance of their friends there, might obtain frequent accounts that would be useful and of great advantage. Perhaps some might . . .

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