George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Livingston, 8 January 1778

From William Livingston

Springfield [N.J.] 8 Janry 1778.


I was just now honoured with your Excellencys favour of the 31 Ultimo, & immediately issued orders to Collo. Ellis a Copy of which I inclose you.1

your Excellency will observe that the Council of Safety have no Authority to order the removal of any other Articles save those mentioned in the orders to Collo. Ellis. So that with respect to Forage & Provisions your Excellency must recur to the Powers vested in you.

Probably this would be a good opportunity for the Commissaries to supply themselves with large Quantities of Stock.

The Light horse which your Excellency purposes to station at Trenton may be a great Protection to this State; & you have my hearty Thanks for affording us that Security against the Incursions of small Parties of the Enemy. I have the honor to be with great respect & Esteem Sir your most humble Sr.

Wil: Livingston


1The enclosed copy of Livingston’s letter to Joseph Ellis of 8 Jan. reads: “You are directed to remove all the horned Cattle Sheep & Hogs and all the Cows which do not give Milk from the Vicinity of the Jersey Shore in the Counties of Burlington, Gloucester and Salem, that may be within the reach of the Enemy’s foraging Parties except such as may be really essential for the Inhabitants Use—The Owners refusing to do it on notice given to them for that Purpose. To shew you the necessity of this Measure I enclose you a Copy of a part of a Letter from his Excellency General Washington on that Subject” (DLC:GW). The letter was sent pursuant to an agreement on 8 Jan. by the council of safety (see N.J. Council of Safety Minutes description begins Minutes of the Council of Safety of the State of New Jersey. Jersey City, 1872. description ends , 185).

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