Washington. Letter signed:
Head Quarters, NY, to Lieutenant Thomas Machin, 1776 July 21.
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Quarters N. York, 21st. July 1776
are without delay to proceed for Fort Montgomery or Constitution in the High
Lands on Hudsons River, and put yourself under command of Colo. George Clinton
or the Commanding Officer there, - to Act as Engineer in compleating such Works
as are already laid out, - and such others as you, with the advice of Colo.
Clinton may think Necessary - 'Tis expected and required of You - that you pay
strict and close Attention to this Business - and drive on the Works with all
possible Dispatch; In case of an Attack from the Enemy, or in any Action with
them you are to join and act with the Artillery on that Station, and to return
to your Duty in the Regiment as soon as you can be spared from the Works
Most Huml Servt
July 1776 Capt. Machin
Published in Fitzgerald, John C. The Writings of George Washington.