George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Arthur St. Clair, 2 June 1779

To Major General Arthur St. Clair

Head Quarters Middle Brook June 2d 1779


I have received your letter of this date ½ past eight.1

The Virginia division marched this day with orders to endeavour to reach Morris Town tomorrow and to communic⟨ate⟩ with you and proceed according to intelligence and circumstances2—You will be pleased to open a correspondence with the commanding Officer for this purpose.

Tomorrow if possible the Marylan[d] division will march also and by the same route.3

I send you a small addition of cavalry.

I rely intirely on your prudence and judgment for taking such measures as the exigency of the case shall require.

So soon as the last troops move I shall come immediately forward to join you—by the way of Pluckamin and Morris Town.4 I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obet servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, PWacD: Sol Feinstone Collection, on deposit at PPAmP; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This letter from St. Clair to GW has not been found.

3For the marching orders given to Maj. Gen. Johann Kalb and the Maryland division, apparently on 3 June, see GW to Stirling, this date, source note (see also GW to John Jay, 3 June [first letter], and GW to Henry Knox, 4 June [first letter], source note).

4GW departed Middlebrook on 3 June and reached Morristown by 9:00 P.M. on that date (see GW to John Jay, 3 June [third letter]).

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