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The shipping, moving up the river, must fully convince us that their intentions are for Albany. It is, therefore, a matter of the utmost importance for us immediately to fix upon what manner we shall dispose of our troops. If we were convinced that General Gates was able to oppose them, I think we ought not to lose one moment, but march immediately down to King's Bridge.
I wrote General Gates on Sunday, and begged of him to ac quaint me with his situation. Would it not, therefore, be prudent to keep our troops at Fishkill until I receive his answer? Your immediate opinion will oblige, dear Sir,
Your very humble servant,
- 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