George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Clinton, 28 October 1780

Head Quarters Praekness Octobr 28th 1780


As it is necessary there should be an Officer in whom the State has confidence to take the general direction of affairs at Albany and on the Frontier, I have fixed upon you for this purpose, and I request you will proceed to Albany without delay and assume the command. You will be particularly attentive to the post of Fort Schuyler and do every thing in your power to have it supplied with a good stock of provision and stores; and you will take every other precaution the means at your command will permit, for the security of the Frontier giving me the most early advice of any incursions of the enemy. I inform General Heath of your appointments. I am With great esteem and regard Sir your most Obedt humb. servt

Go: Washington

P.S. I have been informed a great number of Arms have been delivered at Albany—by whose Order, or to whom I know not—but presume they are in the hands of the Militia, and more than probably by Order of Col. Vanscaick or Col. Malcom—I beg that every possible means may be used to recover them to the Public; and no more be delivered to Militia


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