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From George Washington to Samuel Huntington, 6 November 1779

To Samuel Huntington

Head Quarters West-point 6th Novr 1779.


I have been duly honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 17th, and that of the 29th of last month. The memorial of the officers Steddiford and Becker, shall have due consideration.1

The repeated approbation of Congress, in their act of the 27th Ulto, cannot but give me the most sensible pleasure.2

Since Governor Clinton’s letter, which I inclosed your Ex[c]ellency in mine of the 30th of Octbr I have received no further advice on the subject; and am therefore induced to believe that the alarm from the Indians was premature.3 I have the honor to be with the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s most obt servt

Go: Washington

P.S. I inclose a new York paper of the 26 Ulto.4

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read GW’s letter on 13 Nov. (JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 15:1263).

1Lt. Henry Bicker, Jr., and Ensign Garret Stediford, both exchanged prisoners, apparently sought to resume their army service with new commissions (see GW’s first letter to Arthur St. Clair, 21 Dec.).

2For the laudatory resolution that Congress passed after learning details of Col. Daniel Brodhead’s late summer expedition against Indians along the Allegheny River, see Huntington to GW, 29 Oct., n.1.

3For fears of an Indian incursion into northern New York, see George Clinton to GW, 28 Oct., and notes 1 and 2 to that document; see also Clinton to GW, 29 Oct., and n.1 to that document.

4GW likely enclosed a Loyalist paper, The Royal American Gazette (New York), for 26 Oct., which printed an item on the threatened invasion of England by a combined French and Spanish force (see GW to Gouverneur Morris, this date, and n.4). For intelligence gleaned from another issue of The Royal American Gazette, see GW to Duportail and Alexander Hamilton, 2 Nov., n.3; see also GW to Huntington, same date, postscript.

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