George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the New York Provincial Congress, 21 May 1776

To the New York Provincial Congress

New York May 21st 1776


Congress having been pleased to request my attendance at Philadelphia to advise with them on the situation of Affa⟨irs,⟩ and being about to set out immediately, I Judged It necessary to give Majr Genl Putnam Instructions similar to those I have the honor to Inclose you, for the regulation of his conduct, in case you come to any determination respecting the Tories here & on long Island & should have occasion for military assistance to carry It into execution.1 I have the honor to be with great esteem—Gentn your Most Obedt Servt

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LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, N: New York Provincial Congress Revolutionary Papers; LB, in Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS was slightly damaged in the New York State Library fire of 1911. Mutilated portions are supplied in angle brackets from the letter-book copy. The provincial congress read this letter and its enclosure on this date (N.Y. Prov. Congress Journals description begins Journals of the Provincial Congress, Provincial Convention, Committee of Safety, and Council of Safety of the State of New-York, 1775–1776–1777. 2 vols. Albany, 1842. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 1:456).

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