George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General William Maxwell, 16 June 1778

To Brigadier General William Maxwell

Head Quarters Valley Forge 16th June 1778


I recd yours of the 14th. If the Enemy do not march thro’ Jersey they have been making a deal of useless preparation, and indeed I do not see how they can carry off the great number of Horses, & Carriages that they have been collecting with so much industry. I would not have you begin to inlist any of the draughts yet. I will in due time write to Congress,1 and if, towards the end of the Campaign, we should find we shall have occasion for a considerable Army the next, I will advise the offering handsome Bounties to such as will inlist for the War or a limited time. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See, for example, GW to Henry Laurens, 3–4 August.

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