George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General John Stark, 5 July 1778

From Brigadier General John Stark

Albany 5th July 1778

Honoured Sir

last night came to hand your favour of the 20th May, Informing of General Sullivans desire, that I should Join him this Campeign—had it been the pleasure of Congress, to have ordered me to that place, I should thot myself very happy, to serve a Campeign with that Worthy Officer.

and would still be glad to Join him if it should be thot for the good of the service—I Look upon myself in a Very disagreeable situation, pened up in a poor City, very little Employ Except to Guard the Frontiers, no Troops to do it with but some Militia, who are Engaged but for a month at a Time—here I cannot gain any great Advantage to the Publick, nor any Honor to myself1—Notwithstanding, I shall Cheerfully comply with any Instructions, or orders, Congress may think proper to Intrust me with—the good of the common cause is my ambition. I am Sir with Great Respect Your Very Humbl. Sevt.

L, DLC:GW. The letter is docketed in part, “from Genl Starke.”

1Stark expressed his opinions more forcefully in a letter of this date to Maj. Gen. John Sullivan: “this is a Cursed place & people. … we can do but Little on our part we have no troops but Militia & they turn out like drawing a Cat by the tail if they are safe they dont care if the Devil had all their Neighbours” (Hammond, Sullivan Papers description begins Otis G. Hammond, ed. Letters and Papers of Major-General John Sullivan, Continental Army. 3 vols. Concord, 1930-39. In Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society, vols. 13–15. description ends , 2:86–87).

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