Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To GOVERNOR JONATHAN TRUMBULL Headquarters, Cambridge, March 14, 1776.

    Sir: Since I did myself the honor to write you last, the enemy have embarked their troops on board a number of transports, and are now making a shameful retreat from Boston. Various


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are the conjectures of their destination, though most agree it is either for Halifax or New York.

    The latter place seems by much the most probable. Be that as it may, New York is a post of infinite importance both to them and us, and much depends on priority of possession. I therefore entreat you, sir, immediately to throw two thousand men into that city, from the frontiers of Connecticut, to maintain the place till I can arrive there with the army under my command. The rifle regiment will march this day. Tomorrow a brigade will follow, and be succeeded by others as quick as possible.

    You are sensible, sir, of the great importance of a strenuous exertion at this critical period, a period which may in its consequences determine the fate of America. The zeal and activity heretofore shown by the good people of your Government in defence of the liberties of America leaves me no room to doubt their readiness on the present occasion. I have the honor to be, etc. 38

[Note:The text is from the Toner Transcripts in the Library of Congress. ]