George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Paterson, 18 May 1781

New Windsor May 19th 1781


A Sudden occasion obliges me to set out this Morning for Weatherfield--I have directed, as you will see by the Orders of this day, Major General St Clair, to take the general command during my absence, or ’till the arrival of a superior Officer at the Army--Your reports consequently will be made to him--if during my absence it should so happen, that his Junior & your Senior Officer should arrive at the Posts below (now under your direction), you will deliver this letter over for his government. I am Sr Your Most Obedt Hble Servant

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