George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Stephen Moylan, 1 June 1778

To Colonel Stephen Moylan

Head Quarters Valley Forge 1st June 1778.


I was favoured with yours of the 30th Ulto last night.

I am not a little surprised that the arms of three Regiments should be reduced to 120. I would wish to have this matter enquired into, and that the officers of the Different corps send in a return, accounting for so considerable a defection.

As it is probable the enemy will penetrate the Jersey I think you had better continue where you are putting your cavalry in the best condi[t]ion for acting which your circumstances will admit of.

A Brigadier or Major General is directed to administer the Oath which your officers will have an opportunity of taking upon joining us. I am Sir &c.

Go: W.

P.S. As things are situated it will be unnecessary to make a change in Major Cloughs command for some days.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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