George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Francis Johnston, 7 July 1780

Philada July 7th 1780.

May it please Your Excelly

Lieutt McKinney who carries this to Your Excelly, has in charge another Detachment of the new Levies consisting of Ninety five men—The Route he will shew to Your Excelly, wh. probably will answer the several Detachments that are to be sent in future—Two hundred and thirty men including Captn Hubley’s Party have already been sent on, the present Detachment, together with those I shall be enabled to forward will amount to near 600 more, wh. the President informs me, will include the number he intended—I shou’d be happy, were it in my power to forward these men more expeditiously, but am prevented by the Country Lieutts not having settled fully with them, however, I have procur’d an Order from Council directing an immediate settlement, wh. will enable me to send them on more rapidly.

From what I can learn from President Reed, it appears, he is determind to have the recruiting Service for the War opened, as soon as the last Detachment of the present Levies is sent on. I have the honor to be Your Excellys Most Obedient Servt

F: Johnston

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