George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Clinton, 7 November 1778

From George Clinton

Poughkeepsie [N.Y.] Novr 7th 1778

Sir.

About two Weeks hence the Commissioners will be ready (as they have informed me) to send off the last Cargo of Persons who have refused to take the Oath of Allegiance, as prescribed by Law, to this State and are sentenced to be banished within the Enemy’s Lines.1

I have therefore to request that your Excellency will be pleased to direct the Commanding Officer at West Point to furnish an Officer to take the Vessel in charge on her arrival there, and to conduct her to New York. The necessary Instructions and the Flag will be forwarded to Colo. Malcom.2 I have the Honor to be with great Respect Your Excellency’s most Obedt servt

Geo: Clinton

LS, DLC:GW. The letter is docketed “not Answered.”

1On 30 June 1778 the New York general assembly passed “An Act more effectively to prevent the mischiefs arising from the influence and example of persons of equivocal and suspected characters in this State,” which prescribed that persons refusing to take the oath of allegiance to New York State be removed behind enemy lines (New York Assembly Journal, 30 June 1778, 123; see also Hastings and Holden, Clinton Papers description begins Hugh Hastings and J. A. Holden, eds. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777–1795, 1801–1804. 10 vols. 1899–1914. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends , 3:520, 601–5). For more on the prisoners sent to New York City by order of the New York Commissioners for Conspiracies, see Hastings and Holden, Clinton Papers description begins Hugh Hastings and J. A. Holden, eds. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777–1795, 1801–1804. 10 vols. 1899–1914. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends , 4:307, 362–63, 375.

2GW seems to have taken no action on this request, and the docket indicates that there was no reply.

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