George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Philip Schuyler, 21 April 1777

To Major General Philip Schuyler

Head Quarters Morris Town 21st April 1777.

Dear Sir,

I am favored with Yours of the 16th. I refer You to a Letter which I wrote Yesterday to Congress upon the Expediency of forwarding the Troops directly on, to join the Army here.1 But as it may take some Time to collect and fit them out properly at Bristol, I desire that I may have exact Returns from Time to Time, from the Commanding Officer there of the Corps to which the Detachments belong, that I may order those to come on first, whose Regiments, or the greater parts of them, are already here. I beg You will exert yourself to hurry the Troops out of Philadelphia to which both Officers & Men seem too much Attached. I am Dr Sir Your Most Obed. Servt

Go: Washington

LB, NN: Schuyler Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See GW to Hancock, 18–19 April. At this place in the draft, the following words are struck out: “and I also desire you will pay particular attention to that part of my letter of the [ ] which will fall into your hands a[s] commanding Officer.” That reference probably is to GW’s letter to a Committee of Congress of 12 April, which had been referred to Schuyler on 16 April (see Schuyler to GW, 16 April, and JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 7:270–71).

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