George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General James Clinton, 29 November 1780

To Brigadier General James Clinton

Morris Town [N.J.] 29th Novemr 1780

Dear Sir

I have received several of your favors lately, but having sent them up to New Windsor among my papers, I cannot answer them particularly1—From the general tenor of them—I have thought it best to order the remainder of your line up to Albany to be stationed there—at Schenectady—and at such intermediate posts between that and Fort schuyler as may secure the communication.2 But it is my wish to have the troops as little scattered as circumstances will possibly admit—more particularly just now—because there is a necessity for the Officers being together to settle the new arrangement of the Army.3 I am Dear Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, PPRF; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Clinton acknowledged this letter when he wrote GW on 5 December.

1Clinton had written GW on 12, 19, and 23 November. GW had chosen New Windsor for his winter headquarters (see his letter to Samuel Huntingon, 28 Nov.).

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