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Intelligence Regarding the Rebels


I immediately on receipt of your Letter on Sunday last set off to Bergen, and sent two Men into the Country towards Kings Ferry and directly proceeded after them myself, with a party of about One hundred and Fifty Horse and foot with a Brass Field piece as far as the liberty Pole.

I then Detached Captn. MILLER with twenty Horsemen to the House of Captn. Demarea- but he had taken Flight.

he Captured three Notorious Rebels and afterwards Joined the foot without a Shot fired at him or the party—

I have intelligence that there is at Closter, at and abt. their Block House, three hundred of their Standing Army and Militia—

I sent for a very intelligent person who had I understood been to Kings Ferry, and he says when he Crossed the river on Saturday Night last, there were no Troops there nor had there been any for some time past—

he had been to their Army and says he saw hauling down to White Plains Sundry pieces heavy Cannon & Mortars which is said came from West Point—

and his Horses which he went after was employed in that Service he further adds he was not allowed to Cross at Dobbs Ferry but must go to Kings Ferry—

report Strongly Prevails in the Country of raising Militia and laying Seige to New York- but for his part he saw no Militia preparing-

it is also said that as soon as they can raise the Militia of this Province a Brigade with the Militia to Join them is to lay at Fort Lee—

Genl. Washington reconnoitered the Ground in disguise last Friday at Fort Lee- which gives this intelligence more weight-

this respecting Fort Lee except what relates to GW my informant had from Colo. Dayton—

the two men who I sent out expect back tonight or in the Morning—

I am Sir
with great respect
your most Obedt. Servt.
Thos. WARD

New York
31 July 1781

     Adjt. Genl. &c &c

University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers,Volume 167, item 34.

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