George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Clinton, 1 August 1781

Poughkeepsie 1st August 1781


Since writing to your Excellency on the 28th ulto I have received a Letter from Genl Schuyler and others, on the subject of the Frontiers, in which their apprehensions of Danger and their solicitations for a greater force for their Protection are so strongly expressed that I think it my Duty to enclose you a Copy of it. I have only to add that I have the fullest confidence if the Measure pointed out in their Letter can consistently be complied with your Excellency will direct it. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s most Obedient Servant

Geo: Clinton

DLC: Papers of George Washington.



Albany July 26th 1781


As all the regular Troops are now drawn from the Frontiers and not above one hundred & fifty nine Months Men left for both the western frontier of this County and all Tryon County and but seventy for the northern Frontier of this and Charlotte County the Inhabitants labour under well grounded Apprehensions that they will fall Sacrifice to a barbarous Enemy, especially as there is little prospect that the eastern Levies promised by Genl Washington will arrive in Time if at all; as your Excellency will perceive by Genl Fellows’s Letter transmitted you by Colo. Willet. Some Days ago the Enemy destroyed Currey’s Town and yesterday they began to burn the remainder of the valuable Settlement of Schoharie—the Day before four were taken and two killed at Stonearabia which will probably be followed by the Destruction of all Tryon County—Reports from the northward also indicate the approach of the Enemy, General Clinton having received advice that they have a Vessel already in Lake George. Hence Sir the necessity of Assistance from below is too evident to dwell on—We will therefore only advise and entreat your Excellency pressingly to request of General Washington that at least Colo. Cortlands Regiment may be ordered to remain for the Protection of the northern and western Frontiers—Part of that Regiment is now in this Place. Should the Frontier Inhabitants be now under the necessity of abandoning their Habitations, not only the extensive Crops which now cover the Ground will be lost the State greatly impoverished and Supplies for the Army diminished: but there will not be the most distant Prospect that the distressed Refugees will return to their Plantations during the War as they are now only held there by the Crops they were in hopes of reaping: the Consequence of which must be extreamly prejudicial. We are Sir Your Excellency’s most Obedient humble Servants.

Abm Yates Junr

Ph. Schuyler

John Lansing Junr

Abm Tan Broeck

Isaac Stoutenburgh

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