George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Henry Beekman Livingston, 1 February 1778

From Colonel Henry Beekman Livingston

Camp Valley Forge
1st Febr. 1778

May it please Your Excellency

The Enclosed I send you at the Request of Captain Samuel Sacket, and Captain Timothy Hughs of Colonel James Livingston’s Regiment1 and as I have no Reasonable Objection against the proposed Exchange, have refered them to Your Excellency, Only Observeing, that if it meets with Your Approbation and Colonel James Livingston is perfectly Satisfied with these proposals which I Shall Acquaint him with, when Captain Hughs returns to Albany: That I would wish Captain Hughs and his Volunteers to Arrive here before Captain Sacket and his Men Depart for Albany. I Am Sir with the Greatest Respect Your Excellencies Most Obt Humble Servt

Henry B: Livingston


1The enclosure has not been identified, though it likely had something to do with an exchange of Samuel Sacket’s company of Henry Beekman Livingston’s 4th New York Regiment for Timothy Hughes’s company of the 1st Canadian Regiment, which had been ordered to Albany as a contingent of the impending Canadian expedition. Timothy Hughes (1748–1792) had been appointed a second lieutenant of the 1st New York Regiment in June 1775, and in 1776 he rose to the rank of first lieutenant of Col. John Nicholson’s New York Regiment. In April 1777 Congress resolved to appoint Hughes a captain in the 1st Canadian Regiment, and he resigned in October 1778. James Livingston (1747–1832) was colonel of the 1st Canadian Regiment from November 1775 until January 1781.

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