George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Samuel Huntington, 13 September 1780

To Samuel Huntington

Head Quarters Bergen County Septemr 13th 1780


This will be presented to your Excellency by Captain Hendricks Solomon of Stockbridge who with about Twenty of his Tribe have been serving as Volunteers with the Army since the beginning of July1—They have been generally attached to the Light Infantry and have conducted themselves with great propriety and fidelity—seeing no immediate prospect of any operations in this quarter in which they can be serviceable, they are desirous of returning home after receiving some compensation for the time which they have been with us—and after having made a visit to Philadelphia. I have thought it best to gratify them, not only on account of its being agreeable to them, but because I have it not in my power to furnish them with some articles of Cloathing which they request and which they would prefer to money—Congress will I doubt not direct such a supply as they shall think proper.2

Captain Solomon with part of these people were with us in the Year 1778—The Tribe suffered severely that Campaign in a skirmish with the Enemy, in which they lost their Chief and several of their Warriors.3 I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Your Excellency’s Most Obet & hum. Servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW means Capt. Hendrick Aupaumut.

2Congress read this letter on 22 Sept. and referred it to “the Board of War to take order” (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 18:849).

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