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Washington, George (1732-1799) to William Alexander re: use of terror tactics

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05286 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Headquarters Type: Letter signed Date: 28 December 1777 Pagination: 1 p. + docket. 32 x 20 cm

To "Lord" Stirling. Use of terror tactics against those "furnishing the enemy with provisions."

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Head Quarters 28 Decem 1777.
My Lord,
I have received your Letter dated this day at noon and the pieces of Intelligence inclosed [sic] in it your Lordship will act according to circumstances. I altogether approve of what you propose to be done with respect to those persons who have been detected in traiterously [sic] furnishing the Enemy with Provisions. The Punishment falling upon one or two Individuals of note will probably strike a Terror that may prevent this illicit Commerce for the future. Orders have been given, in consequence of your request, to the Commissary to supply your men with whiskey if it is to be had.

I am
Your Lordship
Most obedt. Servt.
Go: Washington
Major General
Lord Stirling

[docket:]
from Genl. Washington
Decem 20 1777

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