George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General James Clinton, 20 December 1778

To Brigadier General James Clinton

Head Quarters Middle Brook [N.J.] Decr 20th 1778


Inclosed is a letter to Major Posey, which I must request you will forward to him.1 It is unsealed, & you will find that I have directed him to repair to this place, & join his Regt where his services are much wanted. As withdrawing the Major from the Corps2 may render it less serviceable than it has been, I could wish you if its services can be dispensed with, to order the detachments that compose it, to march & join their respective Regts—but this is left for yourself to decide according to the occasion you may see for detaining it—I am however anxious it should take place. I am Sir Your Most Obet Servant

G: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, MHi: Washburn Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2Major Posey, officially a member of the 7th Virginia Regiment, apparently was serving with a corps of rangers stationed to protect the frontier at Albany, N.Y.

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