George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel William Malcom, 18 September 1780

From Colonel William Malcom

Albany, Sepr 18. 1780


I wrote to your Excellency on arrivall at this place1—I expected at that time to have relieved VanSchaacks Regimt before now, but it has not been in my power because the Nine months Levys were much Scatter’d—I have however Sent on subsisstance for the Garrison untill the 20th of Octr and am now Collecting a Quantity of Cattle and flour, which I propose going up to the Fort myself & the nine months are all orderd to be at one or other of the posts on the Mohawk Communication2—So that I expect to take them as the Escort & relieve the Garrison3—This Shall be done at all events, even if by the Three Months men4—And if I am well informed: the Artillery ought to be relieved also—it is said this Company have been the principal cause of all the Uneasiness among the other Troops—And that they will most undoubtedly debauch our Militia—When I get up to the Fort I shall be better able to judge of these reports.

I wish a Small Continl Regiment could be Spar’d. for this Garrison—Such as Spencers5—I wish it on Account of the Officers—or would Your Excellency approve of putting Warner with his Regiment there.6 I have the Honor to be with the Greatest Respect Your Excellencys Most Ob. & very H. Servt

W. Malcom


2For these troops, see George Clinton to GW, 7 April, and n.1 to that document.

3Troops under Malcom replaced Col. Goose Van Schaick’s regiment at Fort Schuyler, N.Y. (see Malcom to GW, 3 Oct., n.1).

4For these troops, see GW to William Greene, 28 Aug., n.2.

5GW had ordered Col. Oliver Spencer’s Additional Continental Regiment to Stony Point, N.Y. (see General Orders, 16 Sept.).

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