George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 17 September 1779

To George Clinton

Head Quarters West point 17th Sept. 1779.

Dear Sir

I have had the pleasure of your Excellency’s favr of the 14th and am obliged by the communication of Coll Van Dyk’s letter, which affords a pleasing prospect of Indian Affairs.

The Chevalier de la Luzerne sets out this morning for Philada.1

I have no regular Maps of the Western Country except Evans’s, Hollands, and such as are in print.2 I have some detached Sketches to copies of which your Excellency shall be welcome if you deem them material. I am &c.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The secretary of the French delegation to the United States, François, marquis de Barbé-Marbois, wrote in his journal for this date: “Obliged to hurry our journey, we left the camp after a stay of two days. The general took us back as far as [Newburgh] where we took leave of him and of the chief officers of his army who had accompanied us” (Chase, Letters of Barbé-Marbois, description begins Eugene Parker Chase, trans. and ed. Our Revolutionary Forefathers: The Letters of François, Marquis de Barbé-Marbois during his Residence in the United States as Secretary of the French Legation, 1779–1785. New York, 1929. description ends 118). La Luzerne, the French minister plenipotentiary, continued his journey to Philadelphia; see GW to Robert Howe, 18 Aug., n.1.

2For information on the maps by Lewis Evans and Samuel Holland, see GW to Lachlan McIntosh, 15 Feb., n.4, and Robert Erskine to GW, 20 March, n.5.

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