George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Ensign Jacob I. Klock, 13 June 1778

To Ensign Jacob I. Klock

Head Quarters [Valley Forge] 13th June 1778.


Thirty four of the Indians who are in Camp being desirous of returning home, and it being necessary to commit them to the care of a prudent officer who will preserve good order among them I have appointed you for that purpose and you are to conduct them to Fort Schuyler or the neighborhood of Johnstown—pay the strictest attention to restraining them from irregularities, and causing an uneasiness to the Inhabitants on the road—You will draw provision for them upon giving your receipt at the Continental Magazines as Occasion may require.

As you are going to the neighborhood of your own habitation I have no objection to your taking a week or ten days for your private affairs. I am &c.

Df, in John Laurens’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Jacob I. Klock (1745–1828) had been appointed an ensign in the 1st New York Regiment in November 1776. He resigned in May 1780 and reportedly joined the British.

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