George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 5 April 1780

Head Quarters Morris Town 5th April 1780

Dear Sir

I have lately [been concerting measures] with Governor Livingston [for the arrangement] and disposition of the Mi[litia of this State, in] case the enemy, thinking [to take advantage] of the reduction of our num[bers by the expirations] of the times of service of [our troops and from] other causes, should move [out against us—]Should such an event take p[lace, I would wish] that the commanding Officer[s of the Militia] of the County of Orange [in your state had] orders to assemble at Clarks Town [and Kakeate] to watch the motions of the Enemy[’s Right] and to give them all possible annoy[ance—]I make no doubt but General Howe [has already] concerted a plan with your Excellency [for assem]bling the Militia of the upper part [of the] State at the shortest notice, should the [Enemy] operate suddenly against the posts in the [High]lands. Another embarkation is certainly preparing at New York, supposed to be a reinforcement [for General Clinton—but as a measure of this] kind will more than probable [occasion a fu]rther detachment from this [Army, the] force remaining in New York [will be pro]portionably stronger than ours[—Our lat]est accounts from Charles town are [of the 4]th March, tho it seems from a pub[lication] in Rivingtons paper that the Enemy [had made] no material progress upon the [11th—at w]hich time Genl Robertson left [South] Carolina.

I was duly honored with your Excellen[cy’s] favors of the 21st Feby and 10th March. I have the honor to be with very great Esteem Yr Excellency’s Most obt and hble Servt

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