George Washington Papers

From William Livingston to Robert Hanson Harrison, 19 April 1780

Morris Town 19 April 1780


I have your Letter of this day’s date inclosing a Copy of a Letter from Brigadier General Huntington to his Excellency General Washington, informing him that "a Company of Militia horse who have done duty under Capt. Craig at Raway & Woodbridge in concert with the continental Guards are engaged for no longer than yesterday—That they are as necessary as ever, if not more so. And that he supposes on Application from his Excellency, or the Governor of the State, they would engage again."

In answer to this you will be pleased to inform his Excellency that I find myself very unhappy in not being authorized to give any directions for calling out the Militia light horse as guards, or I should with per[   ] pleasure exert that power in the present occasion—If they will voluntarily engage I have no Objection: and this I suppose was the way in which they were obtain’d by the Baron de Kalb which I collect from a passage of my Letter to him of the 19th of March, a Copy of which I inclose you, & am with great Esteem Sir Your most humble Servant

Wil: Livingston

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