George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Ellery, 10 April 1780

Head Qurs Morris Town 10th April 1780.


I have been honored with yours of the 29t Ulto on the subject of General Greene’s request that one of their Regiments might be stationed in the State of Rhode Island. I had, previous to the receipt of your letter, informed the Governor of the improbability of my being able to comply with his request. The reasons which influenced me then, will naturally suggest themselves to you, when you consider the necessity we shall be under of concentering, as much as possible, our force in this quarter; to make up the reduction occasioned by the expirations of service and by the detachments which we have already made and are about to make to the southward.

It is to be wished that our circumstances would admit of being guarded at every point, and against every possible event, but as that is not the case, we are under the necessity of calling our force to that quarter which will most probably be the scene of Action.

I am obliged by your agreeable communication of Mr Adams’s account of the favorable disposition of the Court of Spain and have the honor to be with great Respect Sir Yr Most Obt Servt

G. Washington

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