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Letter from General James Clinton to General Washington: Is busy in fortifying the posts in the Highlands as fast as possible. [1776-09-10] [S5-V2-p0276] [Document Details][Complete Volume]


Letter from General James Clinton to General Washington: Is busy in fortifying the posts in the Highlands as fast as possible

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GENERAL JAMES CLINTON TO GENERAL WASHINGTON.

Fort Montgomery, September 10, 1776.

MAT IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY: Yours of the 8th of this instant I just received, and am glad to hear your Excellency has ordered a reinforcement of six hundred men, which I hope will be sufficient, and are as many as we can find barrack room for, if the three barracks were finished that I have ordered to be built.

I hope the Quartermaster-General can supply me with the nails, agreeable to an order sent him — and if not already sent, he may send them with one of the four sloops that goes down to bring the sick from the Hospital in New-York to Orangetown.

We are busy in fortifying these garrisons with the other posts as fast as possible, and order all the garrison out every day, both officers and soldiers, except those on guard and the sick, and a very few number of cooks, and those detached in the Artillery, who are employed daily in making cartridges, &c., and learning the Artillery exercise, for which I have as yet exempted them from any other kind of duty, in order to encourage them to learn.

I have likewise received two letters this day from Congress. Copies of them you have enclosed.

I have just now stopped Captain Dirck Schuyler' s sloop

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from Albany and sent her down to New-York to remove the sick to Orangetown.

I have ordered Lieutenant Henry Pawling of the Second New-York Regiment, to proceed down the river with a whale-boat and eleven men, to press the first three good sloops he meets with for the same purpose.

I am your Excellency' s most obedient, humble servant,

JAMES CLINTON, Brigadier-General.

To His Excellency General Washington, Head-Quarters, New-York.

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Letter from General James Clinton to General Washington: Is busy in fortifying the posts in the Highlands as fast as possible. [1776-09-10] [S5-V2-p0276] [Document Details][Complete Volume]



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