George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 15 June 1780

June 15, 1780.

Dr Sir

I have the honor to inclose Your Excellency the copy of a letter which I wrote the 10th to the Lieutenant Governor of your State, and the Duplicate of another, transmitted in that for Brigadier General Clinton— The appearances here indicate more and more a serious design and increase my apprehensions for West Point. I am therefore infinitely anxious that the New York Brigade should as speedily as possible reinforce that post, unless Objects equally pressing and important demand their assistance on the frontier. Your Excellency knows the immense value of West point, and will determine as exigencies may require.

I have directed Major General Howe in case his force does not amount to a number sufficient for completely maning all the Works—to apply to You for such a number of Militia as will make up the deficiency ’till the arrival of the New York Brigade. I entreat your Excellency to comply with his request. I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect & regard yr Excellencys Most Obed. st

Go: Washington

P.S. I request the favor of you to give General Howe such aid of transportation or otherwise as he may stand in need of for supplying the garrison.

Words in square brackets taken from the draft copy in DLC:GW

PRO: Clinton Papers.

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