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I received yours of the 2Oth Ins't & am much obliged to you for your Caution, which I assure you, was needless, you are right to suppose I will Act the Soldier, necessity obliges, The Enemy have taken Fort Washington, (after an obstinate Defence), & made the Garrison, consisting of Near Two Thousand Men Prisoners, the, Loss on neither side is ascertained, the Enemies is supposed to be very Considerable, as, our Troops disputed their lines with them Two or three hours The Enemy have Crossed over, to the Jersey shore, & a great Fireing has been heard, Near Bergen, Rumor Says. Fort Lee is Also taken, this wants Confirmation, Col De Haas & Several Regiments are gone of this morning to Join Gen Washington on the Jersey side, Poor, is also ordered, there, as probably will be all the Troops who come from Tyonderoga
Nothing can be determined, with Respect to a Fleet untill, the determination of Congress is known, The Captains who, have engaged for the Warr, must be supplied with, Money to Reinlist, their Men, & pay of those whose times are, expired I could wish a Captain Retained for each Vessell, to Inlist as many Men as possible, one half of whom Officers & Men might go home on Furloughs for one Month as soon as the Ice [thickens ?] & the others in turn
To morrow I set of to Join Genl. Washington, & shall be glad to hear from you from Time to time
I am with Comp's to the Gentlemen with you
Your obed Hble Serv't-
PS. This minute an Express is Arived from Genl Washington who confirms the Ace- of Fort Washingtons being taken, & says Fort Lee has bin Abandoned by our People after takeing out the Stores Cannon &c &c
- Benedict Arnold