George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philemon Dickinson, 18 June 1777

From Major General Philemon Dickinson

Trenton 18th June 1777


In consequence of a Commission which I r[e]cieved a few Days ago from the honble Council & Assembly of this State, (being at that Time in Maryland) I am now on my Way to join Genl Sullivans Division, where I am informed the greatest Number of the Jersey Militia are collected.1

I should have done myself the honor of waiting upon your Excellency, but have been much indisposed; I expect to be at Fleming-Town to’morrow, where I shall be glad, to receive your Excellency’s Orders respecting the Militia of this State. I have the honor to be, Your Excellency’s Most Obt sert

Philemon Dickinson

P.S. The Militia of Pennsylvania are turning out with great Spirit, between 5 & 6,000 will now march, which Numbers will be increased to 10,000, if necessary—there is a coalition of Parties.


1Dickinson was appointed major general of the New Jersey militia on 6 June 1777 at a joint meeting of the New Jersey legislative council and general assembly (see Dickinson to William Livingston, 26 June 1777, in Prince, Livingston Papers description begins Carl E. Prince et al., eds. The Papers of William Livingston. 5 vols. Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J., 1979–88. description ends , 1:359–60).

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