Letter from General Washington, September 8


A Letter from his Excellency General Washington, dated yesterday, and received by a messenger, was read, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Head-Quarters, New-York, September 8, 1776.

"SIR: I have just received the resolve of your Convention, respecting the removal of the bells belonging to the different churches and publick edifices in this city, to New Ark, in the Province of New-Jersey. The measure I highly approve of, and shall accordingly have it carried into execution.

"I have lately been conversing with General Clinton concerning the defence of the Forts on the Highlands, who agrees with me in sentiment, that the force already there is by no means sufficient. I should, therefore, conceive it would be greatly in advancement of the service if you would cause a reinforcement of the Militia, amounting to about six hundred, to be sent there from the Counties of Ulster and Orange, or any other that may be most proper and convenient. They may be usefully and importantly employed as well in the defence of the Highlands, in case they should be attacked, as in erecting new works and fortifications, by which they may be rendered more secure.

"I am, sir, your most obedient servant,


"To Hon˙ Abraham Yates, Jun,, Esq."