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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Anthony White

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06425 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Letter signed Date: 1 February 1779 Pagination: 1 p. : address : free frank ; 24.1 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: No free frank. Orders Colonel White to send two troops from the regiment to Baltimore to pick up cavalry supplies. Specifies that one should be Captain David Hopkins's. Marked no. 1 at top. Free frank in clerical hand.

Background Information: Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick Vol. 14:66 from draft in the hand of Alexander Hamilton. Washington had written to Capt. David Hopkins telling him that his request for a furlough was denied ...but his troop would be stationed at Baltimore. "I shall be glad if this arrangement may answer your purpose, instead of a furlough."

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
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Full Transcript: No 1
Hd. QRs. Philadelphia
Feby. 1st 79


Sir,
A quantity of forage having been provided at Baltimore for the reception of a small body of cavalry; You will, on receipt of ...this, detach two troops of the Regiment under your command to that place, one of which for particular reasons, I desire to be Capt Hopkins' - This will contribute to the more easy accommodation and subsistence of the Regiment.
I am
Sir
Your most Obedt Serv
Go: Washington

[2] [Address leaf] public Service
Lt.. Col: White
of the light Dragoons
Lancaster
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People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
White, Anthony Walton, 1750-1803

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PresidentRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyCavalryMilitary Supplies

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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