George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Thomas Clark, 3 October 1779

To Colonel Thomas Clark

Head Quarters West-point 3d Octr 1779


I have received intelligence from Congress which makes it unnecessary for you to proced further on your route to Carolina1—you will therefore on receipt of this letter—rejoin the main army by easy marches.2 I am Sir your most obt servt.

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

1For the intelligence from Congress informing GW that French vice admiral d’Estaing was on the American coast to cooperate in joint operations with the Continental army, see John Jay to GW, 26 September. For GW’s orders to Clark to march the North Carolina brigade to South Carolina, see GW to Clark, 1 Oct.; see also GW to Clark, 29 September.

2GW informed Congress of these orders the next day (see GW to Samuel Huntington, 4 Oct.; see also GW to Huntington, 30 Sept., and Huntington to GW, 5 and 8 Oct.).

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