George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Silvanus Seely, 1 August 1780

To Colonel Silvanus Seely

Peck’s Kills [N.Y.] Augt 1st 1780


I presume before this that the Militia required by the Committee of Congress of Your State, for cooperating with the Army, are assembled in the whole or in part, at Morris Town.1 If the whole are collected You will be pleased to march with them without any delay for Dobbs’s ferry, where You will receive further Orders; and if the whole are not assembled You will send on such as are, under proper Officers & continue to do it, as they arrive. I am sir Yr Most Obedt st

G. Washington

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft is addressed to “The Commanding Officer of the Militia of Jersey, who are to join the Army.”

Only after he received New Jersey governor William Livingston’s letter to him of 4 Aug. did GW become aware that Seely commanded the New Jersey militia deployed to fulfill the call for reinforcements made in GW’s circular to the states of 2 June (see also Livingston to GW, 17 Aug.).

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