George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General John Sullivan, 11 May 1779

To Major General John Sullivan

[Head Quarters, Middlebrook] May 11th 1779

Dear Sir

I have scarce a moment to Acknowledge the receipt of your favour of the 8th the person who bears this to you being in great haste.

The orders given to Colo. Spencer respecting the incorporation of the regiments must be attended to1—I had no doubt but that Cor⟨tlan⟩ds Regiment had joined you—he wrote me some days ago that he had begun or Was to begin his march that day2—let your orders meet him on the road from Rochester—Another Regiment of Jersey, is, I expect on its march to join you, as also one from Poors Brigade3—More Troops can be forwarded as you want them—faster will consume your provisions and distress you.

I Shall rely My dear Sir on your usual activity to push matters forward. I am extreme anxious on many accounts to have our western operations commence—in a few days you shall hear from me in the mean time I am Dear Sir Your most Obedt Sevt


Df, in Caleb Gibbs’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2Philip Van Cortlandt wrote to GW on 28 April that he would begin his march on 4 May.

3GW is referring to the town of Rochester in Ulster County, N.Y. For the march of the 1st New Jersey Regiment and a regiment from Brig. Gen. Enoch Poor’s brigade to reinforce Sullivan, see Jonathan Forman to GW, 8 May, n.2, and GW to Alexander McDougall, 3–4 May. GW ordered the remaining two regiments of Poor’s brigade to march to Easton, Pa., in his letter to McDougall of 14 May.

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