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Letter from General Washington to the New-York Convention: The importance of the posts in the Highlands demands every exertion to maintain them



Head-Quarters, New-York, September 12, 1776.

SIR : I yesterday received the favour of your letter of


the 9th, with its several enclosures, and am extremely happy that your honourable body had anticipated my recommendation, by resolving on an augmentation of six hundred men to the garrisons in the Highlands. The importance of those posts demands the utmost attention and every exertion to maintain them.

The vessels for the removal of the sick are not yet arrived; their present situation gives me great anxiety. As the wind is now favourable, I would fain hope that a sufficient number will come down to-day to lake in the whole; if they do not, my distress will be much increased.

General Clinton, in a letter of the 8th, transmitted me a list of artillery and ordnance stores wanted at Forts Montgomery and Constitution, which included the several articles you have determined to procure, except those mentioned below. I directed that they should be sent up; but as the situation of our affairs at this time may not perhaps admit of it, I think it will be prudent for Mr˙ Schenck, whom you have appointed an agent in this instance, to get all he can. Should he be able to obtain the supply you have voted to be necessary, and General Clinton' s demand be complied with also, no damage will be done; our stores will not be too large.

I have the honour to be, with great respect, sir, your most obedient servant,


To the Hon˙ Abm˙ Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, President, &c˙

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