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Washington, George (1732-1799) to George Clinton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00683 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Letter signed Date: 16 June 1781 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 23 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Asks the New York Governor "whether any ways & means can be devised to procure Money for the payment of the Troops of the New York Line." Describes it as an urgent "matter of...interesting importance." Written during the American Revolution.

Background Information: Notes: Published in John C. Fitzpatrick. Writings of Washington 22:226. Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: Head Quarters New Windsor
June 16th. 1781
Dear Sir

Mr. Peirce, Pay Master General of the Army will have the honor of delivering this Letter, he waits upon Your Excellency to ...see whether any ways & means can be devised to procure Money for the payment of the Troops of the New York Line - It is a matter of [text loss] interesting importance, that I can [text loss] forbear recommending it, to the [text loss] & most serious attention of the S[text loss]te.
I have the honor to be
Your Excellency's Most Obed Servt
Go: Washington

His Excellency
Governor Clinton
[docket]
June 16th. 1781
Genl Washington's Letter pointing out
necessity of paying our Troops. -



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People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Clinton, George, 1739-1812

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PresidentRevolutionary WarMilitary HistorySoldier's PayFinanceEconomics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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