George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Plater, 27 June 1781

In General Assembly Annapolis 27th June 1781


We are very desirous that Major General Smallwood should be permitted to stay in this State, if not inconsistent with your arrangements and the service; and we wish him to remain as long as you can permit; his advice and assistance is wanted to call forth the strength of this State and to put it in a proper posture for defence. We know no Gentleman, who from his personal influence, and the universal good opinion entertained by our people of his integrity, and military abilities, so proper to command our militia in case of Invasion of this State. We have resolved immediately to raise and March to the assistance of our sister State of Virginia two Battalions of our Militia, and a number of light Horse, and we think General Smallwood can greatly assist to arrange them, and to expedite their March to the Southward.

We must also acknowledge the service rendered by General Smallwood in the raising equipping and disciplining a body of Recruits, about four hundred, which we expect will march from this place in a few Days.

We present to your Excellency our warmest wishes for your health and happiness, and are with great respect and regard Sir Yr Mot Obt Servts

Geo. Plater Presedt of the Senate

W. Bruff Speaker of the House of Delegates

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