George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 8 December 1780

Head Quarters New Windsor Decr 8th 1780

Dear Sir

On my arrival at this place, I met with your Excellency’s favor of the 27th November, and immediately gave Orders for the Returns which you request therein. They shall be transmitted to you, as soon as they are brought in. I have given directions to Colonel Sheldon to make the Return of his Regiment immediately to you—I very much regret that the requistion of Congress, for your quota of men, had not reached you in time, to have determined your Legislature upon fixing the period of service, for the War. We are deciving ourselves, and keeping alive the hopes of our Enemy while we levy an Army for a day short of the period of the dispute. I did not expect that the Recruits would be got into service, at least in any considerable numbers, by the 1st of January—And rather than enter again into the fatal error of short inlistments, I would prefer putting matters to some hazard during the Winter, to calling upon the States for a body of men to serve between the 1st of January & the probable time of bringing the Levies into the field; because I am certain it would operate against more permanent engagements.

What your Excellency proposes respecting the French Troops cannot be accomplished, (In confidence I say it) they are thought by the French General & Admiral necessary; circumstanced as Matters are, to the security of their Navy.

As soon as the near Arrangement of the Army is compleated—Your Excellency shall be furnished with a list of the Officers. I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & Hble Servant

Go: Washington

P.S. I recd Yours Pr Mr Buel and gave the necessary Orders upon the occasion.

Ct: Trumbull Papers.

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