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From George Washington to George Clinton, 14 July 1779

To George Clinton

New Windsor July the 14: 1779

Dr Sir

I yesterday evening received Your favor of the 13th and thank you for transmitting me a copy of Your Brother’s Letter. I am happy to find the Troops are in such health and Spirits.

Major Gibbs inclosed you Yesterday the Charles Town papers of the 29th of May and 4th of June, which would shew Your Excellency all the operations in that quarter to those dates; and that matters are far short of the successes, of which we had heard.1

In consequence of the movements of the Enemy up the Sound and a body of them towards Horseneck—I detached General Heath with the Brigades of Connecticut on the route by Crompond—and Bedford or Ridgefield as circumstances might require in order to aid & countenance the Militia.2

The Enemy seem determined to prosecute the system of War threatned by the Commissioners3 in their manifesto.4 They have burnt Fairfield Norwalk & Bedford—and some Houses in New Haven & East Haven—and all the parish of Greens farm.5 It is high time to retaliate, by burning their Towns if it is practicable. I have the Honor to be with great regard & esteem Dr sir Yr Most Obedt sert

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, NN: Washington Collection; Df, DLC: GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1At this place on the draft manuscript, also in Harrison’s writing, there is a struck-out passage that reads: “As I fear there are no good grounds to hope that the Enemy will be defeated—I should be well pleased to hear of their embarking for St Augustine—or even for Georgia.”

2See GW to William Heath, 10 July (first letter).

3At this place on the draft manuscript, Harrison wrote and then struck out words that read: “or at least implied.”

4For the British peace commissioners’ manifesto and proclamation of 3 Oct. 1778, see GW to Philip Schuyler, 9-11 July, n.10.

5For these British raids on Connecticut, see GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 7 July, source note.

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