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Letter from General Washington to General Heath: Desires him to throw obstructions in the roads which there is a probability of the enemy' s making use of



Head-Quarters, New-York, September 8, 1776.

DEAR SIR: I have lately received information, on which I can in some measure rely, that it is impracticable for carriages to pass from Harlem-Point, or any of the landing places contiguous to it, towards King' s Bridge, any other way than along the publick roads. I should therefore conceive it would be highly expedient to throw every impediment and obstruction in the ways leading from the above mentioned places, as also in the roads leading from Morrissania,


and Delancy' s Mills, and indeed any other which you conceive there is a probability of the enemy' s making use of, in order to prevent, or at least delay them, in the conveyance of their artillery. In some places it may be necessary to fell trees across the roads; in others I would recommend deep pits to be dug. In short, I must request you will have them broke up and destroyed in such a manner as to render them utterly impassable.

I am, sir, your most obedient servant,


To Major-General Heath.

P˙ S˙ I mean those roads within your district leading from King' s Bridge down to the points on which it is supposed the enemy will land.