George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel William Malcom, 30 August 1778

From Colonel William Malcom

Westpoint [N.Y.] Augt 30 1778


I hope your Excellency will not be displeased at the number of men on furlough from my Regiment, when I assure you Sir that they were Cripples for want of shoes, and had a prospect of being supply’d by their parents who live only a few miles off—I hope in a few days to remove that complaint by obtaining shoes &c. from fishkill—Not a man more shall depart from the Garrison on furlough before december with my leave.

Mosely’s and a part of Eno’s Regts go to Morrow.

I beg leave to Suggest to your Excellency that the principal part of the Connecticut troops, are enlisted for Twelve Months—Subject to be out only Three Months at a time, but liable to be called out the next day after they get home & if not, entituled to half pay—Eno’s & McLelands two good Regts are I am told on this establishmt. Lt Col. Brown is off Poor’s Regiment who have upwards of Six months to Serve.

The principal part of the Militia on the West side of the River are on the Frontiers doing duty—I am therefore apprehensive that the Governor cannot comply with your Excellencys Requisition but am sure he will do all that can be expected in the present circumstances of the State.1 I am with due Respect your Excellencys most obedient Servant

W. Malcom


1For GW’s request for New York militia, see his letter to Gov. George Clinton of 28 August.

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