George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 5 November 1778

To George Clinton

Head Quarters Fredericksbg [N.Y.] 5 Novemr 1778

Dear Sir

I last evening recd the inclosed letter and depositions from Congress, from which it appears that the inhabitants of Minisink are under apprehensions of another visit from the enemy.1 Under present appearances I think Colo. Cortlands Regiment may as well move over towards Delaware and take such a position as will best answer the purpose of protecting the settlements. Upon delivery of the inclosed to him, he will march as quick as possible to such place as you shall direct2—Be pleased to return the papers after you have made the proper use of them. I have the honor to be &c.

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

1See Henry Laurens to GW, 1 Nov., and n.4 to that document.

2GW subsequently changed his mind, after consulting with Clinton, and ordered Casimir Pulaski’s Legion to guard Minisink instead; see GW to Philip Van Cortlandt, 5 and 10 Nov., and to Pulaski, 10 November.

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