Clinton, George (1739-1812) to James Duane
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01412.21 Author/Creator: Clinton, George (1739-1812) Place Written: Poughkeepsie, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 December 1777 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32.4 x 19.5 cm.
Written by Clinton as Governor of New York and a Brigadier General in the Continental Army to Duane as a Continental Congressman. Recipient inferred from the reference to "Mrs. Duane" at the end of the letter. References Duane's letter of 23 December 1777. Says nothing of importance has happened at headquarters. Sends news of movement of Washington's army outside Philadelphia. Reports that British crossed the Schuylkill River and that some minor skirmishes have taken place. The British retreated to Philadelphia and Washington has gone to "Gulph" - near Valley Forge. Says "I believe [they] are now in Winter Quarters at an Iron Works about 8 Miles from that Place & 20 from Philadelphia." Hears that Randolph's Brigade has arrived "to the Southward" with a valuable quantities of supplies.
Poughkeepsie 30th. Decr. 1777
I am this moment favoured with yours of the 23d. Instant - Nothing Important has happened at Head Quarters - A Party of the Enemy after Guarding some Days in Front of our Lines crossed the Scuylkill. This induced our Army to crossed also some small skirmishes has ensued. The Enemy retired to Philadelphia soon after & our army to a Place called the Gulph & I believe are now in Winter Quarters at an Iron Works about 8 Miles from that Place & 20 from Philadelphia - This is all the News I have except a Report which prevails of the Randolph's Brigade having arrived with some very valuable prices & an arrival of a large Quantity of Blankets & Cloathing to the Southward - I sincerely wish Mrs Duane a Restoration of Health & am with particular regard Drsm
30th. Decemr 1770
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