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I am now moving to Pompton, agreeably to your Excellency's orders of yesterday. I find that the whole of the Rhode Island army is encamped on Staten Island, in addition to the troops before stationed there ; that they are making preparations for an excursion somewhere, and it is generally conjectured that they intend a descent upon the Jersey shore. This conjecture seems to be strengthened by the light-horse being sent on to the Island, and the preparations they are making in the boat way. If the forage is their object, will our troops at Pompton be within sufficient distance to give a timely opposition? May not the magazines at Pluckamin be an object? I see the disadvantage which may arise from this di vision of the army being sent at too great a distance from the others, and beg pardon for the above hints, which are only intended to express my wishes to be in such a situation as may enable me effectually to answer your Excellency's wishes. The place which will best answer this purpose, your Excellency can best determine. I have the honor to be, with the most perfect respect, dear General,
Your Excellency's most obedient servant,
P. S. I have not a horseman, or any thing in place of one, for expresses, or any other purpose.
- John Sullivan
- 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