George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Frederick Frelinghuysen, 21 January 1781

New Windsor Jany 21. 1781


I am extremely chagrined at the disagreeable intelligence you communicate in your letter of the 20th. This dangerous spirit will subvert the whole army, if not quelled by a decisive effort of authority—I have ordered a large detachment to march from West Point to compel the mutineers to submission and I must entreat you to employ all your influence to inspire the militia with a disposition to cooperate with us—by representing the fatal consequences of the present temper of the soldiery not only to military subordination but to civil liberty—In reality both are fundamentally struck at by their undertaking in arms to dictate terms to their country. You will shortly hear further from me With great esteem &c.

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