George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Philemon Dickinson, 23 January 1781

To Major General Philemon Dickinson

New Windsor Jany 23d 1781

Dr Sir

Not knowing whether the Assembly of New Jersey is yet sitting at Trenton—or whether the Govr is at that plac⟨e⟩ I take the liberty of putting the inclos’d (under a flying Seal) to your care by an Express going from Govr Clinton to Congress.1

If the Govr should be present, you will be so good as to concert such measures with him as shall be conceived most effectual to answer the objects of my letter to him—if absent, to take such steps as your own powers and the Exigency of the case requires.2 I am Dr Sir with much esteem and regard—Yr obedt & affecte Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ADfS, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW addressed the draft to Dickinson at Trenton.

1For the enclosed letter on the mutiny in the New Jersey line, see GW to William Livingston, this date.

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