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I arrived here about noon, when I met your favor of the 25th instant. My letter of the 20th, informing you of the enemy's fleet having fallen down below New Windsor, must have reached you before this. I have, therefore, only to add, that the enemy have demolished Fort Montgomery, and all the other posts in the Highlands, and moved down with their whole force towards New York ; and to ask how I am to dispose of the troops belonging to your department, which you have been so good as to place under my direction. As it is probable General Putnam may think it prudent to make an attempt against New York, I am the more anxious to have your directions in this respect, that I may govern myself accordingly. I am, with the highest esteem and respect,
Your affectionate, humble servant,
- George Clinton
- Correspondence of the American Revolution; Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Volume II., Jared Sparks, 1853