George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Lord Stirling Alexander, 9 October 1782

Head Quarters 9th Octo. 1782

Dear Sir

I am favored with your Lordships Letter of the 6th inclosing a Copy of General Sullivans to you.

I have never tho’t it well to despise Information of an Enemy’s Designs——but I must freely confess to your Lordship, that I have but little apprehensions of Danger, from the Quarter of Canada—the advanced season of the Year, were no other Obstacles in the Way, I should judge sufficient to deter the Enemy from the attempt mentioned. But in fact, I have very different Ideas of the Intentions of the British, from their Appearence in the Upper Country, than what General Sullivan suggests; their Views, I fancy, are rather for their own Security & Establishment in that part of the Country & their upper posts, than calculated for any offensive operations against these States.

However, let which ever be their real Design, it is best for us to keep a watchfull Eye upon their Movements. With great Regard & Esteem I am My Lord Your most Obe. Servt

Go: Washington


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