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I make use of the first moment to acquaint your Excellency, that the whole force of the enemy, which has been in Jersey, went from Elizabethtown Point between twelve and one o'clock this morning. Whether they crossed to Staten Island, or embarked on board their shipping, I am not yet sufficiently informed, although it is reported they have embarked and proceeded up Hackensac River. To the latter I give but little credit. However, I shall take immediate measures to ascertain the truth, and discover their present position and designs, as far as is possible.
I shall do myself the honor to state to your Excellency, as soon as I have leisure, the proceedings of yesterday; and, in the interim, I am.
Your most obedient, humble servant,
P. S. I have ordered General Wayne to join the army under your Excellency's immediate command, and beg to receive your directions respecting the remainder of the troops.
- Nathanael Greene
- 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 III., Jared Sparks, 1853