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From George Washington to Major General Stirling, 7 October 1778

To Major General Stirling

Head Quarters [Fishkill] 7th October 1778.

My Lord.

By an act of Congress dated the 30th Ulto Genl Pulaskis Corps and all the Continental troops in the vicinity of Philadelphia are ordered to Princeton there to wait my orders or those of the Commanding Officer in Jersey1—I leave it to Your Lordship to give them such instructions for their government as may appear to you most proper. I am Your Lordships most obedt Servt

Go: Washington

p.s. Such Detachments of Corps as may be there—you will order to join them, as soon as the Service they are on will admit—and to be properly conducted.

LS, in John Laurens’s writing, NHpR; Df, in John Laurens’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft and the Varick transcript are dated 8 October.

1For this resolution, a copy of which Henry Laurens had enclosed in his letter to GW of 2 Oct., see 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 , 12:969. Gov. William Livingston had written Stirling on 6 Oct. to inform him that on 5 Oct. Congress had changed Pulaski’s orders by directing him to march to Little Egg Harbor, N.J., to assist in the defense against a British incursion there (Prince, Livingston Papers description begins Carl E. Prince et al., eds. The Papers of William Livingston. 5 vols. Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J., 1979–88. description ends , 2:457; see also 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 , 12:983–84).

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