George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel William Butler, 25 March 1779

To Lieutenant Colonel William Butler

Head Quarters Middlebrook 25 March 1779.


I have to request that you would call at Head Quarters on your return to your regiment; and that you will come as soon as you can possibly make it convenient after the receipt of this letter.1 I am sir your

G. W——n

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Butler apparently had secured leave from his command of the 4th Pennsylvania Regiment (see GW to Butler, 12 Nov. 1778). During the previous summer and fall, Butler had served on the New York frontier, and it is probable that GW wanted to converse with him while planning an expedition against the Indians along the Pennsylvania-New York frontier (see GW to John Stark, 5 Aug. 1778; GW to Butler, 24 Aug. 1778; Butler to GW, 31 Aug., 27 Sept., and 2 Oct. 1778; and Questions and Answers Regarding a Proposed Expedition Against the Six Nations, March–April 1779).

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