To Brigadier General Jacob Bayley
Paramus [N.J.]1 7th Decr 1778.
Your two favors of the 23d & 24th Ultimo came to hand yestrday evening.
Lieut. Col. Wheelok, who has been with Congress, carries up with him their resolutions respecting Col. Bedels Regiment to which I refer.2
The communications in your letter of the 23d seem to be pretty general but I have not had time to give them a very attentive consideration. It is my desire that you would still continue your inquiries in the same line; for altho the expedition, as I have mentioned at length in my last letter, is laid asside, for the present yet it may be resumed at a more convenient season. I would wish therefore to have every intelligence which can be procured from Canada.
You will find on the arrival of your son that I have sent you a supply of money.3 I am Sir &c.
Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; copy, NHi: Gates Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. GW had left Fredericksburg, N.Y., on 28 Nov. and was on his way to Middlebrook, N.J., which he reached on 11 December. His personal guard had gone ahead without him. On 5 Dec., Pvt. Elijah Fisher of GW’s guard wrote in his diary: “We left Troy and Marched and Come to Morristown.” On 6 Dec., he wrote: “We left Morristown and after twenty-three miles March we Come to Mr. Wallases where His Exelency had his winter Quarters and likewise the guard built huts and had there winter quarters in Barringtown” (Godfrey, Commander-in-Chief’s Guard description begins Carlos E. Godfrey. The Commander-in-Chief’s Guard: Revolutionary War. Washington, D.C., 1904. description ends , 287).
3. GW’s warrant book notes a payment of $923 50/90 on 26 Nov. “To Capt. Frei Bailey for pay of himself Leiut. Powell and Ens[n] Lovell while detained in Canada by Genl Carleton” (Revolutionary War Warrant Book 3, DLC:GW).