George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, 10 February 1778

From Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

Trenton [N.J.] 10th Feby 1778.


I send Your Excellency one of my Lancemen he is completely equiped—I find people here who are willing to serve—if you approve of it my General, I will advance them money for [ ] The Governor is here and promises to give me an answer as soon as a Council shall have been held, which will happen in a few days—Whatever is to be done for us I hope will be done without delay, our time is short, and I suppose the Campaign is to be open’d by the Cavalry—it will not be for want of attention in me, if they are not in condition to do it—I send Your Excellency the proceedings of two Courts of Inquiry, one respecting the Dragoons who are said to have robbed an Inhabitant1—the other respecting Mr Zelienski a Court Martial cannot be held on this affair, on account of Col. Moylans absence and in consequence of the Officers being so scattered2—even for the affair of the Dragoons I could not collect a sufficient number to hold a Court Martial.

Your Excellency may have them tried according to the report—or order them to be sent to the Galleys, this is an exemplary punishment, and would be useful to the public, as the Fleet is in want of men—There are some persons here who are desirous of serving with me as Volunteers, with arms and accoutrements, Your Excellency will inform me whether the Number of Volunteers is limited. I have the honor to be Your Excellencys most humble & most obedt

C. Pulaski Genl of Cavalry

L, in John Laurens’s writing, DLC:GW. This letter is presumably a translation of a French original that has not been found.

Pulaski also enclosed “An Account of the Pattron of Cloathing &c. made at Easton under the inspection of Colo. Kowats for the Use of the Cavalry under the Command of General Pulaski,” dated 4 Feb. and giving the cost of various items of equipment (DLC:GW). According to GW, the Continental Congress camp committee considered Pulaski’s estimates “extraordinarily expensive” (see GW to Pulaski, 14 February).

1This enclosure has not been identified.

2For the enclosed undated testimony of Alexandre-François, chevalier de Baillivy, see Pulaski to GW, 4 Dec. 1777, n.2.

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