George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 12 April 1780

Head Quarters Morris Town 12th April 1780.

Dear Sir

I was yesterday honored with your favor of the 7th and am very sorry to find that your Frontier is likely to be again disturbed by the incursions of the Savages. It appears by yours that you had not received the Act of Congress of the 4th instant, by which they approve of your proposal of raising 800 Militia for the defence of the State--I take the liberty of inclosing you a Copy of it, lest the dispatches of the president, conveying the matter to you officially, may meet with some delay--Your Excellency will observe, by the Resolve, that these Troops are to be employed "under the direction of the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army." You are so much better acquainted than I am with the parts of the Country which call more immediately for support and defence, that I shall leave the distribution of the Militia who are to be embodied, intirely to you. I shall only wish to be informed of the disposition made by you, as I may hereafter have occasion to make correspondent arrangements with Continental troops. I cannot help expressing my thanks for this exertion of the State in raising a Body of Men at this time, as it will probably relieve the Continental Army from making a detachment for the same service, which would be extremely inconvenient, considering the great reduction it has lately undergone by the expirations of service, and by the reinforcements which we have sent and are now sending to the Southward-- We hear that some of the States are recruiting with success, but we cannot expect to derive much advantage from their recruits till very late in the Season, as they have but just entered upon the Business. I have the honor to be with the greatest Respect and Esteem yr Excellency’s Most obt Servt

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