George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General John Sullivan, 13 May 1779

To Major General John Sullivan

[Head Quarters Middlebrook 13 May 1779]

Dear sir

I have just recd—your favor of yesterdays date.

I shall give the necessary orders for the troops to march1—but in the mean time I would wish you to be perfectly satisfied that every thing in the quarter Masters & commissarys department is in such preparation as to keep equal pace with the troops—If you find that this is not the case you will give me the earliest notice. For if the troops arrive too soon, the provisions which should be employed in the expedition will be wasted to no purpose.

I shall take such measures with respect to the clothing as the circumstances of our supplys, will admit. I am &c. &c. &c.

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

1GW ordered one regiment of Brig. Gen. Enoch Poor’s brigade to march to Easton, Pa., in his letter to Maj. Gen. Alexander McDougall of 3–4 May; he ordered the remaining two regiments to march to Easton in his letter to McDougall of 14 May.

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