George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Livingston, 18 March 1778

From William Livingston

Trenton 18th [March]1 1778


I trust your Excellency will excuse me for obtruding my Sentiments on a Subject to which I profess myself altogether incompetent. I cannot but think that some of the light Horse would be more advantageously stationed in Gloucester & Salem than at this Place & New-German Town in Jersey, not only because Grain & forage is more plenty in the former, than in the latter which have been almost exhausted; But because the counties below are more exposed to be plundered of their Provender by the Enemy & stand in need of more Troops at present than Trenton & especially German Town into which n⟨o⟩ hostile Irruptions can be apprehended. I am With great Esteem your Excellency’s Most Obdt Servt

Wil: Livingston

LS, in William Livingston, Jr.’s writing, DLC:GW.

1William Livingston, Jr., wrote the month as “Feby,” but Robert Hanson Harrison docketed the letter as “18 Mar.” and corrected the date on the manuscript to “March”; GW’s reply of 25 Mar. acknowledged a letter of 18 March.

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