George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 28 August 1780

Head Quarters Liberty Pole Aug. 28th 1780

Dear Sir,

Tomorrow morning Col. Malcolm will march with the levies under his command towards Kings ferry, and will proceed himself to your Excellency to take your orders. I have sent this corps in consequence of what General Schuyler mentioned to me in behalf of your Excellency, and have requested him to write to you particularly on the subject. The immediate prospects of the campaign having changed, it cannot be more usefully employed, than in giving security to the frontier[,] and assisting to save the grain for the mutual benefit of the public and the inhabitants.

The discontents[ prevailing in the garrison of Fort Schuyler are so alarming, that] it seems indispensable it should be without delay relieved by other troops. At this moment[,] it would be inconvenient to detach a regiment from the army. I leave it to Your Excellency, if you think proper to relieve the garrison by a sufficient number of the levies. They ought to consist of those, who will have at least two or three months after their arrival to serve; otherwise the post must be endangered, by the expiration of their times, before we can conveniently replace them from the army. A good officer acquainted with service to command the garrison will be essential. I request you to inform me how long the service of the new garrison may be depended upon.

The inclosed letter to Col. Van Schaik which I beg you to forward, directs him to put his regiment under marching orders; and receive your further instructions. As soon as relieved he is to march to join the army. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect and regard, Your Excellency’s Obedient servant

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