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From George Washington to George Clinton, 24 October 1778

To George Clinton

Head Quarters Fredericksbg 24th October 1778

Dear Sir

Inclosed you have Colo. Butlers Journal of his expedition against Unadilla and Anaquaga1 You will perceive from that the Route he pursued and the difficulties he met from the Waters, even at this Season. Perhaps this may be of some service to you in forming a decisive opinion upon the Chemung expedition.2

Be pleased to return this Journal and Colonel Hartleys3 when you have done with them. I am with the greatest Esteem Yr Excellency’s most obt Servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, CtY: Washington Family Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW franked the addressed cover of the LS. The draft of George Clinton’s reply to GW of 25 Oct. is written on the reverse of the LS manuscript.

1See William Butler to John Stark, 16 Oct., in Stark to GW, 18 Oct., n.1.

2For the report on the proposed Chemung expedition that Clinton, Philip Schuyler, and Edward Hand had written on 22 Oct., see GW to Henry Laurens, 26–27 Oct., and note 6 to that document; see also Clinton’s plan of 20 Oct. for an expedition to Chemung, in Clinton to GW, 21 Oct., n.2.

3GW is referring to Col. Thomas Hartley’s letter to Henry Laurens of 8 Oct., which GW had enclosed in his letter to Clinton of 19 Oct.; see also Laurens to GW, 13 Oct., and note 4 to that document.

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