George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 16 June 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor 16th June 1781.

Dear Sir

This will be delivered to Your Excellency by Lt Colo. Stevens, at present commanding Officer of Colo. Lambs Regiment of Artillery. His business is to lay before you a particular state of the Regiment, by which it will appear, that it is yet very deficient of its establishment, and that there is little or no prospect of compleating it by any measures at present in agitation. I have desired Colo. Stevens to make your Excellency acquainted with the number of Recruits who have joined, as I am apt to think that they have been estimated at more than they are in reality.

The operations of this Campaign will probably occasion an uncommon demand for Artillery Men—If they can be obtained for three years or the War, it will be undoubtedly preferable, but if not, it will be better to take them for the Campaign only, than be under the necessity of drafting from the Infantry. This we shall be obliged to do, to the great weakening of Corps already too weak, if proper Artillery Men are not raised. I have the honor to be with great Esteem Yr Excellency’s Most obt Servant

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