George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 18 January 1776

From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Lebanon [Conn.] 18th January 1776


Enclosed is Copy of intelligence brought me in the Evening of the 16th instant,1 On which I immediately convened my Council of Safety—On consideration of the necessity of a reinforcement in that quarter—have agreed to raise a Regiment of 750 men, Officers included—with all possible Expedition by voluntary inlistments, On the same encouragements given by the Continent, to serve until the 1st November next—unless sooner discharged—With Expectation that the General Congress will take the Same into their Service—It seemed necessary that no time be lost—have set the same forward, until we can be made acquainted, whether other provisions are made, that may render this step unnecessary, or what may be suggested to us on the Subject—please to favour me with your Answer by this Express.2 I am, with great Esteem & Regard Sir Your most Obedient humble Servant

Jonth. Trumbull

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers.

1This enclosure, which undoubtedly contained news of the disaster at Quebec, has not been identified.

2See Circular to the Governments of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, 19 Jan., and GW to Trumbull, 20 Jan. 1776. The council of war that met this day approved the raising of a Connecticut regiment for service in Canada as did the Congress on 8 and 19 Jan. (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 4:40, 71).

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