George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 9 October 1778

From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

New Haven October 9th 1778

Dear Sir,

I have the honor to inclose a resolution of the Legislature of this State, directing me to order two Companies of Colo. Enos’s Regiment, to the Town of Greenwich—The exposed situation of that Town and the adjacent parts will I flatter myself justify the measure.

I am also to request that your Excellency would order a detachment of the Army under your command, to the same or some other place in the vicinity thereof, if any can, consistantly with the public good be spared for that service.1

The ravages heretofore made by the Enemy in that quarter renders the safety of the Inhabitants very precarious, this with the very great proportion of military duty that in consequence they have been obliged to perform are arguments that plead strongly in favor of the Measure—I have the Honor to be your Excellencys Most Obdt & very Hbe Sevt

Jonth; Trumbull


1In the enclosed resolution of 8 Oct., the Connecticut general assembly directs Governor Trumbull “to give immediate Orders to Capt. John Yates, and Capt. David Olmstead, belonging to Colo. Eno’s Regiment, to march forthwith with their Companies to the Town of Greenwich, for the Defence of that Town, and Parts Adjacent And also to represent to General Washington the defenceless Condition of the southwestern Parts of this State, and request of him such Troops as may be necessary for the Protection of the Inhabitants in that Quarter” (DLC:GW; see also Conn. Public Records description begins The Public Records of the State of Connecticut . . . with the Journal of the Council of Safety . . . and an Appendix. 18 vols. to date. Hartford, 1894—. description ends , 2:125). Col. Roger Enos commanded a Connecticut state regiment, which, unlike Continental regiments, was subject to direct orders from the governor and council.

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