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General Heath to Dr. Morgan

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GENERAL HEATH TO DR˙ MORGAN.

Peekskill, November 19th, 1776.

SIR: There are at this three brigades of troops, besides the garrisons of the forts Montgomery and Constitution, making in the whole upwards of five thousand men, and neither general hospital, or surgeon belonging to the general hospital, at the post. The morning that his Excellency General Washington left this place, I mentioned to him the case of the sick. His Excellency replied that he intended to have mentioned the sick, but that it had slipped his memory, and that I must apply to you.

The daily complaints from the Colonels of the several regiments in the division, of the sufferings and distresses of their sick, renders it my indispensable duty to apply to you for assistance and relief, which I desire you would afford immediately, as the neglect of the sick will prove very prejudicial to the inlistment of a new army.

I am, dear sir, yours affectionately,

W˙ HEATH.

Doctor Morgan.

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