George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, 31 January 1778

From Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

Trenton [N.J.] Jany 31st 1778.


I have the honer to inform your Exclly of three Troops of horse belonging to the state of New Jersy well accoutred & their horses in best order, & the Gentlm. are verry desirious to go down to the lines.

I received a letter from Major Jameson that the party of men now under the Command of Capt. Craig is to be releived, as I have send of all the Arms & accoutrements of the Cavalry to be repaired & the men are badly Clothed, should be Glad if your Excellency would write a few lines to Govonor Livington as the officers & Gentleman in the Different Troops are willing to take that duty for a few weeks, which would recruite the men & horses now on Command Verry mush.1

I must not omit mentioning a Circumstance, thoug. of the most Trivial nature, yet a little embarrasses me, A waggoner belonging to the Brigade on honest inoffensive Countryman, having undisignedly taken a mainger from the Stable of (one Clumn)2 to feed his horses, the latter maliciously, without informing me of the matter, took a writ against the waggoner & put him in Jail, by which means his Team was neglected the Gears lost, on being informed of the affair, I took the waggoner into my Costody where he remains a prisoner—my Ignorance of the civil Law induced me to referr the matter till I could be further advised—I am with respect your Excellys Most obidt Humbl. Servant

C. Pulaski, ⟨General⟩


1Maj. John Jameson also wrote to GW or one of his aides about the relief of Capt. Charles Craig (see John Fitzgerald’s letter to Col. Walter Stewart of 29 Jan., printed in Stewart to GW, 28 Jan., source note). GW wrote William Livingston about the troops of New Jersey cavalry on 4 February.

2This may have been either John or Joseph Clunn, both captains in the New Jersey militia who lived in Trenton.

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