George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 14 June 1780

Head Quarters Springfield June 14th 1780

Dear Sir

I was yesterday honored with your Excellencys letter of the 8th, inclosing a Copy of one to Congress. There is nothing I am so happy in as in complying with every request you make and motives of public utility would induce me to take any step which I conceived I could do with propriety to forward measures which in any manner affect the supplies of the Army. But in the present case the affair appears to me to stand upon a delicate footing and to relate to arrangements of such a nature as I have always cautiously avoided interfering in. I trust my scruples to your Excellency’s delicacy and I have no doubt on reconsideration, you will approve my declining to write to Congress on the subject in question.

I thank Your Excellency for the exertions you are making to give relief to our distresses. Every new circumstance proves more and more the necessity of exertion in the present crisis—and evinces how much we have to fear if a spirit of of energy does not immediately and generally pervade the States.

The Enemy still continue in the position they took at Elizabeth Town point and are in all probability waiting the arrival of Sir Henry Clinton to commence a vigorous operation somewhere. Our situation is as embarrassing as you can imagine. When they unite their force it will be infinitely more so. Time must unfold the result. I have the honor with every sentiment of the truest esteem & respect Yr Excellencys Most obet hum. Sert

Go: Washington

Ct: Trumbull Papers.

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