To George Clinton
Head Quarters Fredericksbg 24th October 1778
Inclosed you have Colo. Butlers Journal of his expedition against Unadilla and Anaquaga1 You will perceive from that the Route he pursued and the difficulties he met from the Waters, even at this Season. Perhaps this may be of some service to you in forming a decisive opinion upon the Chemung expedition.2
Be pleased to return this Journal and Colonel Hartleys3 when you have done with them. I am with the greatest Esteem Yr Excellency’s most obt Servant
LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, CtY: Washington Family Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW franked the addressed cover of the LS. The draft of George Clinton’s reply to GW of 25 Oct. is written on the reverse of the LS manuscript.
2. For the report on the proposed Chemung expedition that Clinton, Philip Schuyler, and Edward Hand had written on 22 Oct., see GW to Henry Laurens, 26–27 Oct., and note 6 to that document; see also Clinton’s plan of 20 Oct. for an expedition to Chemung, in Clinton to GW, 21 Oct., n.2.