George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 2 September 1776

From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Lebanon [Conn.] Sept. 2d 1776


Since my last of the 31st ultmo have resolved to throw over upon Long Island a Thousand or fifteen hundred Troops, and the necessary orders are accordingly gone forth—and expect the same will be immediately Effected1—have likewise wrote to Governor Cooke to afford what Assistance in his Power for the same purpose2—Thought it expedient to give your Excellency the earliest Intimation of this Movement, that you might be able to Direct in what manner they may best Cooperate with the other Troops in serving the General Cause & frustrating the Intentions of our Enemies upon that Island.

As we have various accounts but no certain Intteligence respecting the Situation of our Armies, we are anxious to learn the Perticulars. Remain Sir with the highest Esteem and Regard your most Obedt humble Servt

Jonth; Trumbull

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

1The Connecticut council of safety on 1 Sept. ordered eight militia regiments and Col. Erastus Wolcott’s state regiment to prepare to go to Long Island. Later on this date, however, the council learned of the American retreat to New York and directed Wolcott not to embark his men until he received further orders (see Hinman, Historical Collection description begins Don R. Gerlach. Proud Patriot: Philip Schuyler and the War of Independence, 1775–1783. Syracuse, N.Y., 1987. description ends , 383, and Trumbull to Cooke, 5 Sept., in “R.I. Revolutionary Correspondence,” description begins “Revolutionary Correspondence from 1775 to 1782, Comprising Letters Written by Governors Nicholas Cooke, William Greene, John Collins, Jonathan Trumbull, Generals Washington . . . and others.” Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society 6 (1867): 105–300, plus an unnumbered “Appendix” of four pages. description ends 167–68).

2For Rhode Island’s response to this request, see Nicholas Cooke to GW, 6 September.

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