Additional Correspondence Sent from Paramus (July 1778)
Washington sent letters to General Horatio Gates, whose troops were north of Paramus, and to Governor George Clinton of New York that provided information about the current location of the Continental Army forces and about the arrival of the French fleet. He also sought advice on the best places for future encampments in relation to the British in New York:
The letter to Baron de Kalb contained orders to proceed to a location across the Hudson River to create an advanced wing for the Continental Army.
Washington received letters from Symmes in Minisink reporting Indian attacks in that section of New York and in Pennsylvania and asking for military assistance. Washington wrote that recent deployments and losses prevented him from sending troops to Symmes and that his intelligence reported an Indian pullback. However, he wanted Symmes to keep him informed about the enemy's number, situation, and intentions.
Washington sent a letter of thanks to William Drayton, a congressman from South Carolina. In his General Orders for July 12, Washington announced the decisions in two court-martials that had been held on July 9. Several other letters were sent from Paramus by Continental Army officers:
- On July 13, John Laurens informed his father, Henry Laurens, about his assignment to meet with Admiral D'Estaing;
- General Nathanael Greene in Paramus put his opinions in writing for Washington about a coordinated American and French attack on New York City and on Newport, Rhode Island; and
- Alexander Hamilton, in Paramus, put in writing for General William Alexander additional information for the court-martial of General Charles Lee.
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