George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General John Stark, 23 July 1778

From Brigadier General John Stark

Head Quarters Albany 23d July 1778

Dear General—

I yesterday Received your favour of the 18th Instant—some part of the Troops that was Expected here, I fear will be of Little, or no Benefit to me, or any other part of the United States, that is, Colo. Beedles Regiment, about forty of them is now on the Ground, out of one Hundred that was sent for, the Remainder are ordered Positively, to be here by the first of August, but I put no dependence on them, as I am very sure, that they will not come.

some part of the Militia, from Hampshire, & Berkshire, Counties, have already Arri⟨ve⟩d & the Remainder, to make up Two Hundred, is daily Expected—the Enemy has Burnt up the Towns of Springfield, & Andrews Town, near the Mohawk River, the particulars of the Affair, has not yet come to hand.

I think we never Shall be safe, in this Country, till an Expedition is Carried into the Indians Country, & Effectually, Root out those nefarious Wretches, from the face of the Earth.

However Readily submitting to your Better Judgement—I am with Great Respect Your obedient Very Humble Sert

John Stark

N.B. the Militia from this State seems very Negligent, out of Six Hundred that was Called for Last month they did not Turn out 200. as above J.S.


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