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Morristown [ New Jersey ] March 3, 1777. Asks Clinton to decide location of cannon on the Hudson. Places choice of men and officers for Clinton’s forces in Clinton’s hands. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress; LS in writing of H, George Washington Photostats, Library of Congress. Clinton, a brigadier general in the Continental Army, was at New Windsor, New York,...
Morristown [ New Jersey ] April 20, 1777. Discusses whether enemy plans to attack Philadelphia or move up North River. Reminds Clinton to call out militia. Approves of placing a chain across the North River. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] July 1, 1777. Reports news of attack on Ticonderoga. Warns of probable attack on Peekskill. Orders Clinton to call out militia to defend the area around Peekskill. LS , in writing of H, George Washington Photostats, Library of Congress.
Camp at Cross Roads [ Pennsylvania ] August 16, 1777. Discusses importance of the two actions near Fort Schuyler. Asks for more information. Commends New York’s efforts. States that a body of New Hampshire Militia under Brigadier General John Stark has joined Major General Benjamin Lincoln at Bennington, Vermont. Differs with the plan of Major General Philip Schuyler and Lincoln to unite all...
Valley Forge, February 16, 1778 . Describes sufferings at Camp because of lack of food and clothing. Asks Clinton to do all that is possible to forward supplies. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Valley Forge, April 24, 1778 . States that a box of “hard” money taken from British at Princeton in winter of 1777 is suspected to be in the hands of a Captain—Lieutenant Joseph Crane of Orange County. Asks Clinton to investigate matter. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. An enclosure in this letter was Richard Kip, Jr., to H, April 15, 1778 .
[ White Plains, New York ] August 28, 1778 . Asks Clinton to call out militia and states that French fleet has departed for Boston. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Fredericksburg [ New York ] October 17, 1778 . Discusses details of expedition against Anaquaga, New York. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Fredericksburg [ New York ] October 18, 1778 . Again sends information of expedition to Anaquaga. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] May 3, 1779 . Discusses plans for Indian expedition. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Middlebrook, New Jersey, May 16, 1779. ] Refers to Clinton case of Thomas Done who had lost his sight in the service. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] May 24, 1779 . Approves of Clinton’s Indian expedition. Asks Clinton to consult with Major General John Sullivan. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Smiths Clove, New York ] June 10, 1779 . States that militia have already been dismissed. LS , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Smiths Clove [ New York ] June 13, 1779 . Regrets inability to send men or supplies to Clinton. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ New Windsor, New York ] June 27, 1779 . Has sent men from infantry and cavalry to replace the militia. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
New Windsor [ New York ] June 28, 1779 . Advises Clinton to instruct Lieutenant Colonel Albert Pawling to “proceed on the western service after effecting the primary object.” Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
West Point, August 31, 1779. Forwards letters. States that “Pauling did not join at Anaquaga, nor had he been heared of.” Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Lieutenant Colonel Albert Pawling.
[ West Point ] September 27, 1779 . States that if the French fleet is in reality off the coast, it will be necessary for states to supply men and provisions. LS , in writing of H, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
[ West Point ] October 1, 1779 . Discusses amount of assistance needed from New York “in case of a cooperation with our allies.” Sends news of Comte d’Estaing’s arrival off coast of Georgia. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
West Point, October 4, 1779. States that, as D’Estaing is soon expected, complete cooperation of states is needed. Discusses number of men and amount of supplies that will be needed from New York. Df , in writings of Robert Hanson Harrison and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Morristown [ New Jersey ] December 13, 1779 . Asks Clinton to investigate case of Major William Hudson Ballard. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Morristown [ New Jersey ] May 18, 1780 . Reports sailing of French fleet and army. States that men and supplies will be needed. Requests that legislature remain assembled until Congress takes necessary measures. Directs Clinton to send men to relieve regiment at Fort Schuyler. Df , in writings of George Washington and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Morristown [ New Jersey ] May 28, 1780 . Informs Clinton of march of the New York Brigade and the brigade’s need for supplies. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Springfield [ New Jersey ] June 15, 1780 . States that West Point will probably be attacked. Asks that New York Brigade reinforce West Point, and that Clinton give all possible assistance to Major General Robert Howe. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Ramapo [ New Jersey ] June 27, 1780 . Approves measures taken by legislature. Explains that unless the Continental battalions are completely filled there can be no success in the proposed cooperation. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Ramapo [ New Jersey ] June 27, 1780 . States that Major General Robert Howe has been ordered to dismiss the militia. Emphasizes necessity of completing Continental battalions. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
General Howe’s Quarters, Robinson’s [ New York ] July 30, 1780 . Asks Clinton to attend an interview. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Liberty Pole [ New Jersey ] August 28, 1780 . States that Colonel William Malcom is en route and will be under Clinton’s command. Asks Clinton to relieve troops at Fort Schuyler as soon as possible. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Robinsons [ New York ] September 26, 1780 . Sends details of the Arnold-André plot. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Orangetown [ New York ] October 1, 1780 . Reiterates Army’s urgent need for flour. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Preakness [ New Jersey ] October 29, 1780 . Reports that Joshua Hett Smith has been acquitted and is being returned to West Point. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
New Windsor [ New York ] January 21, 1781 . Asks Clinton to investigate the Chevalier Destouches’s complaint concerning the seizure of wheat and flour intended for the French navy. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Charles René Dominique Sochet, Chevalier Destouches, was placed in command of the French navy in America after the death of the Chevalier de...
New Windsor [ New York ] February 19, 1781 . Regrets inability to comply with New York State’s request for regiments to defend frontier. Will send needed supplies to Fort Schuyler. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
New Windsor [ New York ] February 24, 1781 . Regrets inability to comply with New York State’s request for two regiments for defense of frontier. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Philadelphia ] September 14, 1791 . Discusses the possibility of the British establishing a post south of Lake Champlain. Df , in the handwriting of H, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives. Clinton was governor of New York.
Mr White presented me with your favour of the 27th Ulto —you may rely upon it, that any Civilities which may be in my power to shew this young Gentleman shall not be wanting—if an acquaintance of mine, for whom I have wrote to Virginia (knowing his promptitude to business) should not come, as there is reason to doubt, I propose to take Mr White into my Family as an Aid de Camp—the mode by...
Having received information that there is a number of arms at one Wilseys at the Fish Kilns, among the Officers Baggage which came from St Johns, I request and authorize you to make inquiry about them & to secure all you can find. I am Sir Your Most Hble Servt LS , in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, PAeTPM ; LB , DLC:GW ; Varick transcript , DLC:GW . Although Clinton had held the rank of...
Two ships of force with their Tenders have Sailed up Hudsons River —I am apprehensive that they design to seize the passes in the Highlands by Land wh[ich] I am informed may be done by a small body of Men. I must therefore request you instantly to desire Genl Ten Broeck to March down as great force as he can Collect to secure them, particularly the post where the Road runs over Anthonies nose...
I am favoured with yours of the 15th Instt—The Measures you have taken & directed in Consequence of the 2 Men of War passing up the North River appear to me extremely prudent & proper. The Spirit of the Militia too upon this Occasion & at so critical a Period deserves the highest Commendation. As it is impossible for me to judge with Certainty what the Intentions of the Enemy are or even to...
Yours of the 23d Instant is duly Received and am pleased with the timely notice of your Situation, Strength Movements, &c. &c. & think time is not to be lost, or expence regarded in getting yourselves in the best posture of Defence, not knowing how soon the Enemy may attempt to pass You. The fire Rafts you mention are not of the best Construction, but probably are the best that can be procured...
Yours of the 2d Instant is duly Received enclosed you have a Resolution of the provincial Convention which came to hand last Evening, by which you will please to Regulate your Conduct, I must beg you to Inform Me as soon as possible what number your Brigade now consists of—and what number it will contain when a fourth part of the Militia are drafted agreeable to Order of provincial Congress....
Take with you Lieut. Colo. and proceed immediately to Fairfield and there in Consultation with General Lincoln of the Massachusets Bay, Mr Hobart of this State and Lieut. Colo. Livingston if you can meet with him, concert an Expedition to Long Island for the purpose of aiding the Inhabitants removing or destroying the Stock, Grain, &ca which must otherwise fall into the Hands of the Enemy....
Let me beseech you to nominate, & set four Gentlemen, such as you conceive will make good Captains to Raising Companies upon the Continental pay & establishment; and to be annexed hereafter to one of the Sixteen additional Regiments. I shall also leave the nomination of the Subaltern Officers for these Companies to yourself and the Captains—all I ask is, that they may be Gentlemen—and that...
Altho’ I have not the least doubt of your Zeal and Activity, I cannot help reminding you of the Necessity there is, for your raising and bringing into Service, as expeditiously as possible, the Body of Men, of which your State have given you the command. I am clearly of opinion that the Enemy are collecting their force, with an intent to make a Stroke at this Army, which they will never suffer...
I was favd with yrs of the 21st Inst. on Yesterday. Much depends on our taking the Field early with a powerfull force, by which means Victory over the Enemy in the distressed Situation they must be from the severity of this Campain will be certain, & our Affairs will be on so good a footing before any considerable Reinforcement can come to them, that We shall have but little to dread—I am...
Information being lodged that many of the Inhabitants living near the Passaick Falls are busily employed in removing their provision & Forrage within the Enemy’s reach, with design of supplying them, obliges me to beg the favr of you to let me know what Success you have experienced in collecting the Troops voted by the Convention of the State of New York. The presence of some men in that...
Your favour of the 23d February was duly handed me; and I am thankful for the attention and activity, with which you are promoting the public service. As you have all the circumstances immediately before you, you can best judge whether the cannon, of which you speak, will be most useful to defend the obstructions which are forming, or at the places where they now are; and you will be pleased...
Letter not found: to Brig. Gen. George Clinton, 19 Mar. 1777. The collection of letters and documents belonging to the estate of James Gordon Bennett that was sold by the Anderson Galleries of New York on 23 Nov. 1926 reportedly contained a letter signed by GW at Morristown on 19 Mar. “regarding appointments of officers” ( American Book-Prices Current , 33 [1927], 797).
A Captain who escaped from New York on Saturday Evening and who arrived here this morning, informs, that about Three Thousand Troops (British & Hessians) were embarked from the City & Staten Island when he came away. It was generally said, they had in contemplation an expedition to Chesepeak Bay and to make a descent on the Eastern Shore. There were some who conjectured, they mean to go up the...
Your favour of the 18th instant has just now come to hand. Two days ago, I wrote to general McDougall urging it upon him to apply to the Convention of your state in my name to call out the Militia, in order to have as respectable a force as possible, in the quarter where you are to act according to contingencies. I am glad to find that the powers vested in you, have enabled you to anticipate...