George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 22 July 1778

To Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Head Quarters White Plains 22nd July—1778


I was yesterday honored with your’s of the 18th and thank you for the Steps you have taken to carry my requests into execution. I must make an apology for not informing you in particular, of our Success at Monmouth, on the 28th last month. The multiplicity of affairs, then upon my hands, prevented me from writing but to the Congress and General Gates, and I expected, that the intelligence would have reached you through the latter Channel. You must, before this time, have seen my public Letter, which contains a full account of the action.1

The intention of the Count D’Estaing, was to have entered the Harbour of New York, but, unluckily, there is not sufficient Draught of water to admit Vessels of the rate of his Line of Battle Ships. He has therefore determined to operate against Rhode Island, to which place he has sailed ere this. I have made a large Detachment from this Army, as circumstances would admit of, to cooperate with him. The Admiral will, probably, be able to land some force, but our principal dependence must be on our own Troops, and the rapidity with which they are collected and operate.

I had, upon presumption that this expedition would take place, desired General Sullivan to draw together five thousand men, from the States of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, in consequence of a Resolve of Congress of the 11th instant.2

I am convinced that you will be so well satisfied of the importance of the subject in view, as to exert yourself, to turn out the force of your State upon the occasion—I would go more longly into the Matter, had I not an opportunity of referring you to Lieut. Colo. Laurens one of my Aids, who I am sending express to General Sullivan.

I am exceedingly sorry to hear of the illness of your Son Colo. Joseph Trumbull, whose recovery I hope is not so much despaired of as you seem to apprehend. I have the Honor to be with great Regard and Esteem Sir your most Obedient Servant

Go: Washington

LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See GW to Henry Laurens and to Horatio Gates, 29 June. The “public letter” was GW to Laurens, 1 July.

2See GW to Maj. Gen. John Sullivan, 17 July. For the resolution, see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 11:684.

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