Poukeepsie 15th January 1781
I am unhappy to learn by your Excellency’s Letter of the 13th (which was delivered me late yesterday Evening) that the Accounts from the Pensylvania Troops are not so favourable as they were first represented—I have not for some considerable Time had occassion to call upon the Militia most contiguous to the Posts in the Highlands & I may therefore be deceived with respect to thier present Temper & Disposition; but judging from their former Alacrity I am, led to believe we shall be able to throw into the Garrison upwards of one thousand Men in the Course of three or four Days—Some of them may reach West Point the same Day they have Notice to March & the greater Part the next; This however is on a Presumption that the Time for which they may be wanted will be so short as to render the Preparations which it woud be proper for them to make were they to continue any considerable Time in Service unnecessary. Some of the Officers of most Authority & Influence are attending the Legislature at Albany & shoud it be determined to call out any Part of the Militia on the present OccassionI wish therefore to be advised of it as early as convenient as their Absence will in some Measure render my Personal Attention to the Business necessary--I begg Leave to inform your Excellency that I do not propose setting out for Albany before the Middle of next Week. I have the Honor to be with Sentiments of the highest Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.