George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 16 September 1780

From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Lebanon [Conn.] 16th Septr 1780


I have been honored with your letters of the 22nd 27th & 28th ultimo, which were received soon after my letter of the 31st had been sent forward to Your Excellency. In this letter I informed you Sir of a quantity of Mess Beef which might be sent on from this State if required.1

As to fresh beef, I hope that before this time some supplies (though I fear but small) have been received from us. The supplies for the army must be regular, and sufficient magazines established—The provisions furnished our Allies at Newport from this State—the mode of making these purchases, and the consequences attending these circumstances will, I fear, for the present, render supplies from our State precarious and scanty.2 This important subject is now under the consideration of my Council, and the rest of the New England States, and I hope that in a few days, I shall be able to write to Your Excellency more particularly upon this head.3

I am informed that Your Excellency has ordered our two State Regiments to North Castle, or its neighbourhood4—this has occasioned an application to call in the militia for the defence of Greenwich, which request has been complied with. As the general view of the State has been that these Regiments should be employed to protect our southwestern frontiers, and to join the main army under Your Excellency’s direction, whenever any capital operation should be undertaken—As soon therefore as Your Excellency shall judge it proper, I wish Sir that you would order these Regiments to return to their former station, so that the militia ordered in upon this occasion might be dismissed.5 I am, with great Truth and Consideration Your Excellency’s Most Obedient, and Very hble Servant

Jonth; Trumbull


2For Connecticut cattle sent to the French at Rhode Island, see Jean Holker to Trumbull, 17 May, and Royal Flint to Trumbull, 17 July, in Trumbull Papers description begins The Trumbull Papers. 4 vols. Boston, 1885-1902. In Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 5th ser., vols. 9–10; 7th ser., vols. 2–3. description ends , 3:44–46, 65–67.

3Trumbull probably discussed cattle from Connecticut with GW at Hartford (see The Hartford Conference, 20–22 Sept., editorial note; see also Conn. Public Records description begins The Public Records of the State of Connecticut . . . with the Journal of the Council of Safety . . . and an Appendix. 18 vols. to date. Hartford, 1894–. description ends , 3:157–64).

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