George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain George Hurlbut, 8 August 1780

From Captain George Hurlbut

Rhode Island 8th Augst 80.
2 O’Clock P.M.

May it Please your Excellency,

I am to acquaint you Mr shaw, could not comply with your Request.1 I immediately Ordered off, one Dragoon from the stages back, and Disposed of them Agreeable to your Excellency’s Orders2—my last stage is near Tour Hill.3 immediately upon my Arrival there, I proceeded on to Rhode Island, to acquaint the Commanding Officer of what I had done—(& further more) of the Request your Excellency made to Mr shaw, (& his Answer[)]. The Genll Very kindely offer’d me six Hussards, to ride expresses from Rhode Island to New London, which I excepted of—I shall proceed on with the Hussars, & place them, to the Stages the Dragoons now are, & immediately go to N. London & there am to Remain till further orders from Colo. Sheldon—Should your Excellency disapprove of my Conduct, should be happy to be inform’d & will endeavour to dispose of the Dragoons as they first were—If your Excellency Orders the Hussards to Return, it will be Necessary to have more Dragoons sent on, or Money procured to engage Men for that Buisness as the Roads are very bad, from this, ⟨to⟩ New London.4 I am sr with Respect Your Excellency’s most Obdt servt

George Hurlbut. Capt. 2nd Regt Lt D.

ALS, DLC:GW. Hurlbut addressed the letter to GW “Near White Plains [N.Y.].” GW already had recrossed the Hudson River and established his headquarters at Orangetown, New York.

3Hurlbut is referring to Tower Hill, Rhode Island.

4No reply from GW to Hurlbut has been found.

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