The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 12

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 12

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 12

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 12

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To GOVERNOR WILLIAM LIVINGSTON

Head Quarters, Valley Forge, June 1, 1778.

Dear Sir: I am honoured with yours of the 23d and 29th Ultimo. The person who delivered me your letter of the 17th, was one of our hired Expresses. He is now out upon duty, but when he returns I will inquire how he came by the letter. The Christian name of Bankson, who I begged the favor of you to keep an eye upon, is Jacob,1 but as I am now satisfied concerning him, you need not trouble yourself further in the matter.

Upon an application from General Dickenson, about ten days ago, I sent him over 2000 weight of Musket Ball, which was all the lead in Camp and indeed more than could be well spared considering the scarcity of that Article. If any can be procured in Jersey at any rate, I would recommend your doing it without loss of time.

I am glad to hear that your Militia are in spirits and I make no doubt but they will give the Enemy as much trouble as they possibly can, should they march through Jersey. Could their intentions be certainly known, or could I detach from this Army, without exposing our Baggage, Stores, Artillery and Sick, of whom we have a considerable number just recovering from the small pox, I would throw a greater continental force into Jersey, than is at present there: But to weaken ourselves at present by detaching, would be extremely dangerous. The Enemy have all their effective foot, their Cavalry and Field Artillery on this side the Delaware, and although I am certain that they intend to evacuate, either by land or Water, I am as certain that they would not miss an opportunity of giving us a parting Blow. A very little time must discover their true intentions. I am &c.2

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