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Letter from General Washington to the New-York Convention: Desires that a reinforcement of about six hundred Militia may be sent to aid in the defence of forts in the Highlands



New-York, September 8, 1776.

SIR: I have just received the resolve of your Convention, respecting the removal of the bells belonging to the different churches and publick edifices in this city to Newark, in the Province of New-Jersey. The measure I highly approve of, and shall accordingly have it carried into execution.

I have lately been conversing with General Clinton concerning the defence of the forts in the Highlands, who agrees with me in sentiment that the force already there is by no means sufficient. I should therefore conceive it would be greatly in advancement of the service, if you would cause a reinforcement of Militia, amounting to about six hundred men, to be sent there from the Counties of Ulster


and Orange, or any other that may be most proper and Convenient. They may be usefully and importantly employed, as well in defence of the Highlands, in case they should be attacked, as in erecting new works and fortifications by which they may be rendered more secure.

I am, sir, your most obedient servant,


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