George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Thomas Clark, 1 March 1779

To Colonel Thomas Clark

Head Quarters Middle Brook 1st March 1779.


I have yours of the 26th ulto by Capt. Armstrong who carries up 25000 dollars for the purpose of reinlisting, when that is expended you can upon application be furnished with a further sum.1

Be pleased to keep me informed of every move of the Enemy while they remain on this side of Hudsons River, or should they return, it will be a satisfaction to me to know it.2 I am &c.

P.S. When the present sum is expended be pleased to furnish me with a list of Men recruited their Regiment & Company.

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

1The letter from Clark to GW of 26 Feb. has not been found. The officer who carried Clark’s letter and then returned with funds for reinlistments probably was William Armstrong, a captain in Clark’s 1st North Carolina Regiment. Armstrong was commissioned an ensign on 4 Jan. 1776, received promotions to second and first lieutenant, and became a captain on 29 Aug. 1777. He transferred to the 3d North Carolina Regiment in early 1782 and retired from the army on 1 Jan. 1783.

2See Clark to GW, this date, and 12 March.

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