George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, 14 December 1776

To Brigadier General Benedict Arnold

Head Quarters Bucks County State of Pennsylvania
14 Decemr 1776

Dr Sir

Having recd Advice from Govr Trumbull of the 6th Inst. that a large Fleet of the Enemy’s Men of War and Transports had appeared off New London, without doubt with an Intent to make a Descent either there or some part of the Coast of New England, and he desiring that some General Officers might be sent to take the Command of the Militia who were assembling. I must desire that you would immediately repair to the States of New England, and in whichsoever of them you find the Enemy landed or likely to land, that you will in Conjunction with Major Genl Spencer, who I have ordered upon the same Service, take such Measures as in your Opinions will be most likely to give Opposition to, and frustrate the Intents of the Enemy.

I shall be glad to hear from you upon your Arrival in New England with a State of Matters as you find them—I have full Confidence in your exerting yourself in this as upon former Occasions, and am Dr Sir with gt esteem & regd yr most obt Servt.1

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1On the draft manuscript, Tilghman closed this letter “and am Sir yr most obt Servt.” GW then changed the closing in his own writing to read as it does here.

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