George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Livingston, 24 November 1777

To William Livingston

Head Quarters [Whitemarsh, Pa.] 24th Novemr 1777


I am honored with yours of the 22d. It gives me great pleasure to find that your Legislature have undertaken to procure a Quantity of Blankets and other Cloathing, by Civil Authority, which mode ought ever to be adopted instead of the Military. I have given orders to have all the Officers, who were vested with powers to collect these Articles, immediately recalled, except Colo. Forman, for whom you have a letter to that purpose.1

I highly approve of the Measures you are taking to put a stop to the illicit Correspondence that is carrying on between the Inhabitants upon the Sound and New York.2 I am with great Respect Yr Excellency’s most obt

Go: Washington

LS in Tench Tilghman’s writing, MHi William Livingston Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For GW’s orders to recall the officers collecting clothing in New Jersey, see General Orders, this date, and note 2. GW’s letter to David Forman has not been found.

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