George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Cleves Symmes, 10 July 1778

To John Cleves Symmes

Paramus [N.J.] 10th July 1778


I recd yours of the 8th instant near this place, and am extremely sorry to hear of the melancholy stroke that has fallen upon the Wyoming settlement. I have lately made a very considerable detatchment from the Army to go to Fort Pitt to quell the Indian disturbances in that quarter,1 and from the loss of Men in the late Action near Monmouth and the numbers that have fallen down thro’ fatigue in the excessive heat, I could not, but in a case of the greatest emergency, spare any more. What I shall therefore advise at present is for you and the Gentlemen in your Neighbourhood, to gain the most exact intelligence of the Enemy’s Number, Situation and intention. I am of opinion that now they have struck the meditated Blow they will retire and not attempt to penetrate the Country, but should they seem seriously to persist, I will, upon hearing from you again, afford what force I can, to give them a check—In the mean time all possible opposition should be given by the Militia remaining above. I shall discharge those on service below. I am &c.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For discussion of the Indian depredations near Fort Pitt and GW’s detachment of troops to that post, see Timothy Pickering to GW, 19 May, and GW to Pickering, 23 May.

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