George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel Henry Beekman Livingston, 4 May 1776

To Lieutenant Colonel Henry Beekman Livingston

Head Quarters New York 4th May 1776


You will on Receipt hereof give Orders to the Officers of the Battalion of which you are Lieutenant Colonel to Join their Respective Companies which if you do not find Compleat Let an Officer from each go on the Recruiting Service & if in want of Arms you must apply to the Committee of safety to procure them for you if Possible—There are four Companies Belonging to your Regiment now Stationd at Fort Montgomery & Fort Constitution you will Repair thither & if no Superior Officer is there you must take the Command & look to the Works now Carying On there which you must Exert your Self in seeing Finish’d as soon as possible—the Three Companies of your Regt Stationd on long Island are to Remain there the Other Company you will Order to Join you at the Forts with all Convenient Speed.1 I am—Sir Your most Humbe Servt


LB, in Caleb Gibbs’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Livingston was at this time lieutenant colonel of Col. James Clinton’s 2d New York Regiment. For the arrangement and location of the companies assigned to that regiment, see the New York Committee of Safety to GW, 29 April, n.2, and GW to Schuyler, 3 May 1776 (first letter), n.6. The company that was to join the other four companies at the Highland forts was currently being recruited in Dutchess County by its captain, Increase Child. For Livingston’s difficulties in taking command of the forts from Col. Isaac Nicoll of the militia, see Livingston to GW, 14, 21 May, and Stirling to GW, 1 June 1776.

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