George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel William Butler, 11 September 1778

To Lieutenant Colonel William Butler

Head Quarters White plains 11th Sept. 1778


I am glad to find by your letters of the 31st Augt that matters continued so quiet upon the Frontier.

It appears to me that the money, arising from the sale of Cattle belonging to those in the interest of the enemy, belongs to the Captors. But I beg you will proceed in these matters with the caution which you have used in the first instance, otherwise the soldiers for the sake of plunder will seize every thing under the denomination of its being Tory property. I shall give orders to the Cloathier Genl to send up some shoes to Albany for your detachment. They will go to the Care of General Stark who I suppose can forward them to you. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt.

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

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