George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Jacob Bayley, 2 January 1779

To Brigadier General Jacob Bayley

Philada 2d January 1779


I recd your favr of the 8th Decemr at this place,1 from whence I shall return again to Middle Brook in a few days. New and more powerful reasons have occurred for laying aside the expedition at this time, than when I wrote you last.2 I therefore again desire that you will desist from making further preparations and not go beyond the orders which have been given you by The Quarter Master and Commy General for the establishment of Magazines. You will be pleased to take the greatest care of the Stores that have been laid up, because altho’ present circumstances forbid an expedition, yet some future events may induce us to take it up. If you follow the directions given to you by The Quarter Master and Commy General and myself for the establishment and situation of the Magazines you will be fu<lly> justified and need not take any notice of the opinion of others. I am &c.

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

1This letter has not been found.

2GW had most recently written to Bayley on 7 Dec. 1778. For the cancellation of the proposed expedition to Canada, see GW to Lafayette, 29 Dec. 1778, and n.1 to that document.

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