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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Daniel Brodhead

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07702 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Orangetown, New York Type: Letter signed Date: 14 August 1780 Pagination: 2 p. ; 33.7 x 21.4 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07702 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Orangetown, New York Type: Letter signed Date: 14 August 1780 Pagination: 2 p. ; 33.7 x 21.4 cm.

Summary of Content: General Washington discusses Colonel Bowman's apprehension regarding British progress with General Brodhead, stationed at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania. States "what men can be spared from the Garrison of the upper Country- St. Johns- Montreal and Quebec are now acting in conjunction with the Indians upon the Mowhawk River, where they have lately done considerable mischief." Discusses the strain on supplies, stating "you will be very happy if you can adopt any expedient to supply yourself without depending wholly upon the Commissary in a regular way." Mentions the praiseworthy conduct of Captains Brady and McIntire, stating "These affairs tho apparently small have considerable influence upon Indians." States that the first division of the French fleet and army are stationed at Rhode Island, awaiting the arrival of the second division. Reports "We look for very important news from the West Indies the whole combined force of France and Spain, in those Seas, having gone down it is said against Jamaica."

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: Head Quarters Orange Town 14 Augst. 1780
Dear Sir
I have received your favours of the 29th June and 21st July - Colo Bowmans apprehensions of the force expected from Canada is ...certainly groundless, as what men can be spared from the Garrisons of the upper Country - St. Johns, Montreal, and Quebec are now acting in conjunction with the Indians upon the Mowhawk River, where they have lately done considerable mischief.
The distress on the score of provisions has not been confined to you alone, but has been severely experienced in every quarter, and I think you will be very happy if you can adopt any expedient to supply yourself without depending wholly upon the Comissiary in a regular way.
I am pleased to hear of the success of the parties under Captains Brady and McIntire to whom you will be pleased to express my thanks for their conduct. These affairs tho apparently small have considerable influence upon Indians -
The first division of the French Fleet, & Army consisting of 8 Ships of the line and 5000 men are yet at Rhode Island, waiting the arrival of the second division now hourly expected [2] - We look for very important news from the West Indies, the whole combined force of France and Spain, in those Seas, having gone down it is said against Jamaica.
I am Dear Sir
With great esteem & regard
Your Most Obedient
Humble Servant
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People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Brodhead, Daniel, 1736-1809

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PresidentRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyAmerican Indian HistoryCanadaMilitary SuppliesFranceGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsNavyCaribbean

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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