George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Caesar Rodney, 18 February 1777

To Brigadier General Caesar Rodney

Head quarters. Morris Town 18th February 1777.


Lord Stirling did me the favr of sending to me your letter of the 8th Inst. to him, mentioning your Chearfullness to continue in Service (tho’ your Brigade had returned home) and waiting my determination on that head.1

The readiness with which You took the Field at the period most critical to our Affairs—the Industry you used in bringing out the Militia of the Delaware State—and the Alertness observed by You in forwarding on the Troops from Trenton—reflect the highest Honour on your Character, and place your Attachment to the Cause in a most distinguished Point of View—They claim my sincerest Thanks, and I am happy in this Opportunity of giving them to You—Circumstanced as You are, I see no necessity in detaining You longer from yr family & Affairs, which no doubt demand yr presence & attention—You have therefore my leave to return. I am Yr most Obedient Servant

Go: Washington

P.S. From the Enemy’s Manoeuvres of late, especially their reinforcing Brunswic, I fear yr Militia will be wanted again—You will therefore be pleased to keep them in readiness, till I call for them.

LS, in George Johnston’s writing, NhHi: Langdon-Elwyn Family Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For Rodney’s letter to Lord Stirling of 8 Feb. 1777 informing him that the last of the Delaware militia had passed through Trenton two days earlier on their way home, see Ryden, Rodney Letters description begins George Herbert Ryden, ed. Letters to and from Caesar Rodney, 1756–1784. Philadelphia, 1933. description ends , 175–76. Rodney previously had written to Stirling on 2 Feb. to renew his earlier offers to stay at Trenton or to join his brigade (see ibid., 173–74).

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