George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Robert Howe, 25 January 1781

To Major General Robert Howe

Head Quarters New Windsor Janry 2[5]1 1781

Dear Sir

I have not heard a word of the Jersey Troops, since the first intelligence of their defection—And am extremely anxious to know the true state of Matters—for this purpose, I shall set out tomorrow towards you; but Not with a design of superseding Your command,2 &c.

Be pleased to give me all the information you can obtain by Express, that it may Meet me somewhere on the road.3 I am Dr Sir—With very great regard Yr.

Df, in David Humphreys’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Humphreys mistakenly dated the draft 23 Jan. but docketed it correctly as 25 January. GW’s intended date of departure to join Howe given in the draft also supports this dating (see also GW to Heath, this date, postscript).

2At this point on the draft, Humphreys crossed out: “but to learn where the Mutineers are & what designs they have form’d.”

3See Howe to GW, this date and 25–26 January.

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