Kings Bridge 10th Novr. 1777
4 O’Clock P.M.
I am this moment honored with your letter by Light Horse, tho’ not with the Orders of the Day mentioned therein.
The Adjt. Genl. by the same opportunity sent me intelligence (only) that he was directed by you to acquaint me that, the Hessians which were under General SCHMIDT were under my orders. The orders I hope will be sent to Morrow.
I saw Col. Jas: DELANCEY of Westchester this Morning & I expect he will very soon embody forty Troopers to serve for One Year Certain, and to be subject to the same discipline and articles of war as the Kings Troops & to serve in any part of America.
They are to be clothed, Paid and Subsisted as British Light Horse. Horses may be furnished from Suffolk County, Government paying for what may be lost on Service.
I offered to Embody as many or more of the Westchester Militia only, till the Kings Troops took the field next Spring who might with the Light Horse act in Concert together when ordered in Suffolk County or Westchester County of this Island.
I wish your Excellency would be pleased to give out Mr. FIVA as interpreter to the Hessian Corps at Kings Bridge, as I can converse, or send orders to them, only, by such an aid.
Sataulket Fort might be furnished by some of the Old Guns that are sent to New York from Fort Knyphausen.
We want a Scow under Knyphausen to take off the Rubbish Stores that are turned out of that Fort and carried to the Landing there.
All your Directions shall be duly attended to By Dr. Sr.
Yr. Most Obt.
A Country Man came in this Morning from Miles Square who says the Rebels were ordered to the Southward and were marched back to the White Plains— if they change their ground it may be rather to pass over to the Jerseys, to Washington, but I believe it is only to wait till greater force gets down.
Sir H. CLINTON
University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 26, item 30.
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