George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Livingston, 9 January 1778

From William Livingston

Morris Town [N.J.] 9 Jany 1778


I have directed the Bearer to take your advice respecting the part he is to act to counterplot the Designs of the Enemy. They want excedingly to know what Troops are stationd in this State, & to establish a line of Communication by Land—Should you advise Morseiles1 to aid in settling their Posts, & he is trusty enough to communicate it to us when established, we might by that means procure their Intelligence—But I chuse not to give him any directions about it—I am Your Excellency’s most humble St

Wil: Livingston


1This may have been one of the Mercereau family of spies who provided intelligence to GW from New York and New Jersey throughout much of the war (see Hugh Mercer to GW, 16 July 1776, n.2).

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