George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Sullivan, 16 January 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor [N.Y.] Janry 16. 1781

Dear Sir.

I was honored last Evening with your favor of the 10 with a Postscript of the 11th Instant. Major Gen. St Clair will inform you of the reasons why I thought it imprudent to address my dispatches in answer to your Letters of the 7th & 9 immediately to you, he will also advise you of the Measures I had taken.

It gives me great satisfaction to learn a final & cordial accommodation was like to take immediate effect. The decided & unequivocal step the Pennsylvanians have taken, by delivering up the Emissaries from Sir Henry Clinton, is a strong mark of their attachment to the Cause of their Country, and detestation of the invidious conduct of the Enemy. In addition to this, their respectful & orderly behaviour in the whole course of the affair (except in the first instance) gives us reason to expect that they will return to their duty like faithful & good Soldiers.

I have the pleasure to inform you that the Army in this Quarter, amidst all their complicated sufferings, & distresses for the want of Money, Cloathes & frequently Provisions, continues still quiet. Congress will probably have advised you before this time of the Mode I have recommended for furnishing three Months pay immediately to the Army. And I cannot but flatter myself the United efforts of Congress & the States will be exerted to prevent by redressing the real grievances, of a repetition of similar or even more dangerous disturbances than those which have happened in the Pennsylvania Line—I have the honor to be

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