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From George Washington to Major General Israel Putnam, 22 February 1777

To Major General Israel Putnam

Head Quarters Morris town 22d Fey 1777

Dear Sir

Govr Livingston in his Letter to me of the 15th Inst: did me the honor of inclosing Copies of your Letter to him & his Answer, on the subject of imposing fines on the reluctant Militia of this State—His reasoning on this subject, perfectly coincides with my Opinion; they are so full & plain as to render any Obervations of mine unnecessary. I desire therefore that this practice may have an immediate End put to it, & that no Steps of this Nature may in future be taken without the Countenance of the Civil Power of this State, whose Legislature now siting has a Remedy in Contemplation I am Dear Sir with great Sincerity Your mot obedt Servt

Go. Washington

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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