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From George Washington to The States, 2 June 1780

Head Qrs Morris Town June 2 1780

Sir

By the Letter from the Honble the Committee of Congress at Morris Town, which this accompanies. Your Excellency (or you as the case may be) will find, that these Gentlemen & myself, after maturely considering the matter, deem it essential to the success of the measures in contemplation to be carried on against the Enemy—to call on the States for certain Aids of Militia, in addition to the requisitions for Men already made, and that they should be at places of Rendezvous appointed by me, by the 15th day of next month. The aid requested in this instance of your State, is founded on a principle of apportionment common to all the States, from New Hampshire to [          ] inclusive (the others on account of their distance & the operations in the Southern Quarter not being now called on) and is stated at [          ] rank & file. This number of Militia well Armed —& equipped in every other respect for the field in the best manner circumstances will admit, under proper Officers, I wish to be at [          ] at the time mentioned by the Committee, which appears to me a suitable place for their rendezvousing in the first instance—and from whence they will proceed on my orders, as occasion may require. It will also be material, on account of disciplining & organising the Men, as well as on account of public oeconomy—that they should be formed into full Regiments. If this is not done—it will render our arrangements extremely difficult and irregular, and will add, by greatly encreasing the number of Officers, very considerably to the public expence. I would beg leave to observe, that I think the whole number of Militia requested from your State should be comprised in [          ] about the same size, (which would make them nearly equal to the establishment fixed for those of the Continental line). This additional aid will not I trust and earnestly entreat, impede in the smallest degree, the filling up the Regiments of the State by Drafts to their full complements, as requested by the Honble the Committee, in their Letter of the [          ] Ulto. This is a point of such great importance, so absolutely essential to give the least prospect of success to our operations—and indeed on which they entirely depend, that I could not forbear mentioning it. If the Regiments are compleated by drafts—it is possible our demands for Militia may be a good deal diminished, but this must be governed by events and therefore, for objects so very interesting—so important as these to which we at present look, we should provide whatever may be possibly requisite. I have the Honor to be &c.

G.W.

Rendezvous

To New Hampshire quota 945 to form 2 Regts Claverack
Massachusetts......... 4725........... 9....... do
Rhode Island............ 630........ 1........ Providence
Connecticut.......... 2520........... 5........ Danbury
New York................ 1575........ 3........ Fishkill
Jersey.................. 945........ 2........ Morris Town
Pennsylvania............ 3465 7........ Easton & Trenton
Delaware................ 315........ 1........ Wilmington
Maryland................ 2205........ 4........ Head of Elk

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