George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 13 January 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor Janry 13th 1781

Dear Sir

Since the information Colo. Humphrys gave your Excellency buy my direction—some circumstances have been communicated by General Wayne (a Copy of whose Letter is inclosed) which give a very different complexion to the affair. Instead of delivering up the Emissaries from the Enemy as I had been prematurely advised, the Mutineers had only reported them to General Wayne, still keeping them in their own hands—This conduct, instead of shutting the door to negotiation with the Enemy seems to carry a threat, that if we do not comply with their terms; they know from what quarter they can obtain protection & redress.

Previous to the receipt of this last intelligence, I had ordered a detachment to be in readiness to march from the Troops in this Vicinity, which is still held under marching Orders. But I am extremely embarrassed, and waiting with the utmost anxiety for further advices. Under these circumstances, I need not enumerate my choice of difficulties from every quarter, among which, the perplexities arising on the [store] of Provision are not the most inconsiderable. Should it become absolutely necessary for the Detachment to March the Garrison of West Point, you must be sensible, will be left in a very weak situation—I wish therefore to be informed by your Excellency whether any force of Militia could be thrown into the Garrison, in what time it could be done upon such an emergency, and what Numbers Might be depended upon—I should be much obliged by having Your Answer as soon as is convenient. I have the honour to be With great esteem & respect Your Excellencys Most Obedt Humble Servant

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