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From George Washington to George Clinton, 23 July 1778

To George Clinton

Head Quarters White plains 23d july 1778.

Dear Sir

I was last Night favd with yours, communicating the distressing accounts of the Ravages of the Indians upon the frontier of this State.1 I wish it were in my power to afford an adequate Releif, but as you are well acquainted with our force, and with what we have to oppose, I am certain you will think that I have done every thing possible. Colo. Butler having shifted his ground before my orders got to his hands, has been the occasion of some delay, he is however to go this day up to New Windsor by water, where he will meet Capt. Posey. They will take their orders from you, and march from thence where ever you may direct. Immediately upon the Rect of yours, I gave orders to Colo. Grahams State Regt to march to New Windsor, there to take orders from you. But they were unluckily, with other troops, covering a large forage in the lower part of the County.2 However that no time may be lost, I have directed the Qr Mr Genl to send for Craft to Tarry town to be ready to take them in when they return from the foraging party.

Be pleased to forward the enclosed for General Schuyler3 and oblige Dear Sir Your most obt and humble Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, CtY: U.S. Presidents Collection; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See Clinton to GW, 21 July, and note 1.

2For discussion of the foraging expedition, see Brig. Gen. John Nixon to GW, 24 July, and notes.

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