George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Clinton, 13 April 1783

Poughkeepsie April 13th 1783

Dear Sir

Supposing all possible expedition, it will be a very considerable length of Time before the Dispatches forwarded by Sir Guy Carlton to Genl Haldiman, & which passed through this Place yesterday Evening, announcing Peace and directing Hostilities to cease can arrive at Quebec and be communicated from thence to the British western Posts and much Mischief may be committed in the interim. I would therefore beg leave to suggest to your Excellency whether it would not be advisable to inform Sir Guy Carlton of the late Hostility committed by the Savages at Wioming with an Offer of the necessary Means for his making such Communications as may be conceived necessary for the immediate Safety of our frontiers across the Country to Oswego and their other western Posts. The frontier Settlements were never in a more defenceless Situation. The Idea of Peace has thrown them off their Guard and I fear will prevent even that Degree of Exertion which may be necessary for their Safety against the smallest Parties. My Anxiety for them is therefore proportionably increased and I flatter myself will apologize for the Liberty I now take. I have the Honor to be with great Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s most Obedient Servant

Geo: Clinton

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