George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Livingston, 19 November 1780

Head Quarters Passaic Falls 19th Novemr 1780

Dear Sir

I have been this day honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 15th You may be assured that I shall pursue the same measures this Winter, that I have invariably done heretofore—of sending every Horse that can possibly be spared, to a distance from the part of the Country which has been the seat of the Army during the Campaign, and as there will be fewer troops in Jersey this Winter than usual, I hope the inhabitants will find releif in proportion. The exertions of the State have been great, and it is intitled to every indulgence that the nature of the service will allow.

Your Excellency and the Legislature must be sufficiently acquainted with the State of the Army to know, that our force, after the dismission of the Levies, will admit but few troops to remain in Jersey. I shall throw all that can be spared, after securing West point from any possible insult, on the communication from Morris Town to King’s Ferry; but as their numbers will be but few, they cannot be cantonned nearer to the sound than Morris Town. They will occasionally keep patroles and light parties advanced to give notice of any approach of the Enemy. I am convinced that a force within striking distance of an enemy, any thing short of a body sufficient to keep them in perfect awe, instead of affording protection to the inhabitants, only serve as an inducement to bring the enemy out upon them—I have the honor to be with very great Respect and Regard Yr Ecellency’s most obt and humble Servt

Go: Washington

NN: W. Livingston Papers.

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