George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Livingston, 8 April 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor 8th April 1781.

Dear Sir

Intelligence has been sent me by a Gentleman living near the enemy’s lines, and who has an opportunity of knowing what passes among them, that four parties had been sent out with orders to take or assasinate Your Excellency—Governor Clinton—Me and a fourth person, name not known.

I cannot say that I am under apprehension on account of the latter, but I have no doubt they would execute the former could they find an opportunity. I shall take such precautions on the occasion as appear to me necessary, and I have thought it proper to advise your Excellency of what has come to my knowledge, that you may do the same.

That they may fail of success, if they have any such plan in contemplation, is the earnest wish of Dear Sir yr most obt & very hble Servt

Go: Washington

NN: W. Livingston Papers.

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