George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General John Sullivan, 4 August 1779

To Major General John Sullivan

Head Quarters West Point Augt 4th 1779

Dear Sir,

I send you a duplicate of my last letter of the 1st instant to guard against miscarriage; since which I am favoured with your’s of the 29th1 inclosing the copy of one to General Clinton. I immediately forwarded a triplicate to the Governor requesting him to dispatch it to his brother, which will serve to render the receipt of your letter still more certain. I at the same time requested the Governor to direct the march of Major Pauling, in such manner as he should judge most proper, to answer the purpose of this part of the expedition2—I sincerely congratulate you on your having surmounted the impediments you had to encounter, and I heartily wish the future progress of the expedition may be attended with fewer embarrassments and terminate in the manner most honorable to yourself and most advantageous to the service. With great regard & esteem I am Dr Sir Yr Obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, NhHi: Sullivan Papers; Df, DLC:GW; copy (extract), enclosed in GW to John Jay, 15 Aug. 1779, DNA:PCC, item 166; copy (extract), DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW presumably meant Sullivan’s letter of 30 July.

2See GW to George Clinton, 3 Aug. 1779. For the expedition of Lt. Col. Albert Pawling, which GW and Clinton had designed to support Sullivan’s expedition against the Six Nations, see n.3 to that document. Clinton’s marching orders to Pawling, dated 5 Aug., are in Hastings and Holden, Clinton Papers, description begins Hugh Hastings and J. A. Holden, eds. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777–1795, 1801–1804. 10 vols. 1899–1914. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends 5:181–83.

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