George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Alexander McDougall, 12 May 1779

To Major General Alexander McDougall

Head Quarters Middlebrook 12th May 1779.

Dr Sir

Your favor of the 8th instant was handed me yesterday evening.

Should any of the New-York levies arrive at your post, you will be pleased to order them immediately up to Gen. Clinton at Albany.1

The two remaining regiments of Poors brigade are to be put in readiness to march at a moments notice.

I have omitted giving any directions relative to resignations, till I could ascertain, fully, all the regulations which have passed on this subject; when I obtain these I shall make you the proper communication. I am D. Sir your most obt & hble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, CSmH; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW signed the cover of the LS.

1McHenry wrote and then crossed out the following additional text at this place on the draft: “He will apportion them among the New-York Regiments as appears most agreeable to their respective deficiencies of men; provided at the same time that the State has pointed out no particular mode for their application.”

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