George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Theodorick Bland, 7 June 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor June 7th 1781

Dear Sir

I have received your favor of the 1st Inst. with the enclosure, this Morning, by the Express who brought the same Act of Congress of the 31st of May, under cover from his Excellency the President.

Sensible of the pressing exigencies of the Southern States for succours, I have not hesitated a Moment to order the whole of the seven Battalions of Infantry together with the Corps of Horse and Artillery, which are to be raised in the States of Pennsylvania, Delaware & Maryland, to their aid: I have written to the Governors of those States, to have these Troops forwarded by detachment, to the Head Quarters of our Army in Virginia, & put under the Orders of the General Officer Commanding there—And I cannot doubt the exertions of the States on so great and interesting an occasion.

I am only unhappy that it is not in our power to give more immediate & powerful succour at this Moment, and beg you to rest assured I will still attempt to use the means entrusted to me, in the best manner I am able, to expel the Enemy from every part of the United States. With sentiments of the highest regard and esteem I am Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Servant

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