George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General George Clinton, 9 August 1776

To Brigadier General George Clinton

Head Quarters N. York 9th Augt 1776

Dear Sir.

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.1

By Intelligence Received, and movements observed of the Enemy, we have the greatest Reason to believe a general Attack will be made in the Course of a very few Days, our numbers are much short of the Enemy. I hope no time will be lost in Marching the Reinforcements expected to our Assistance from different Quarters, with all possible Dispatch. I am Sir Your Most Hume Servt

Go: Washington

LS (facsimile), in Samuel Blachley Webb’s writing, in Sotheby, Parke-Bernet catalog 5504, item 137, 29 Oct. 1986; LB, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LB and the Varick transcript are dated 8 August.

1GW enclosed a copy of the New York convention’s resolution of 16 July calling out one-fourth of the militia of Westchester, Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange counties to defend the state (see N.Y. Prov. Congress Journals description begins Journals of the Provincial Congress, Provincial Convention, Committee of Safety, and Council of Safety of the State of New-York, 1775–1776–1777. 2 vols. Albany, 1842. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 1:525–26). GW received a copy of this resolution with Nathaniel Woodhull’s letter to him of 6 Aug., which apparently arrived at GW’s headquarters on the evening of 7 Aug. (see note 2 to that document, GW’s first letter to Woodhull of 8 Aug., and Woodhull to GW, 8 Aug.).

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