George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 9 April 1779

To George Clinton

Hd Qrs Middlebrook 9th April 1779

Dr Sir

In the close of my letter of the 5th Instant, I had the pleasure to acknowlege your favors of the 18th & 21st Ultimo.

Besides the 80 battalions of Infantry, it is the intention of Congress to preserve as many of the 16 additional and other corps as can be kept up by means of incorporation, or continued in their present condition—considering at the same time such of the men composing these extra Regiments or corps as a part of the quota of the troops of the State in which they may have been respectively raised.

Agreeable to the direction of Congress I have incorporated Colonel Malcoms and Spencers Regiments—But Col. Warners having been raised for a particular purpose I imagine it will remain as it is for the present.1

Such precautions as you have hinted, will be taken for the better security of the frontiers and protection of our magazines. I am D. Sir &c.


Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. A purported LS was offered for sale by Paul C. Richards, catalog no. 238, item 13, 10 April 1989.

1For the consolidations of the Additional Continental Regiments commanded by colonels William Malcom, Oliver Spencer, John Patton and Thomas Hartley, see Hartley to GW, 1 March, and n.5 to that document; see also GW to McDougall, 16 March. Col. Seth Warner’s Additional Continental Regiment, or the Green Mountain Boys, had been raised for the protection of the New York frontier and remained in service until January 1781.

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