Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To LORD STIRLING Cambridge, March 17, 1776.

    My Lord: I crave your refference to my last to you of the 24th instant, since which I am honor'd with your Lordship's


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favour of the 20th. It gives me much pleasure to find that you are making such good preparations for the reception of the enemy, who have this day entirely quitted this harbour. A brigade under General Sullivan will set off on the morrow to your assistance. I will not be long after, with the main body of this army. I observe that Brigadier Genl. Thompson was arrived. He is a gentleman of liberal sentiments, who I dare say your Lordship will be happy with, and I have not the least doubt, but you will give him every assistance in your power. 40 I have the honor to be, etc.

[Note:Thompson ranked Stirling by seniority. ]

    P.S. General Putnam will set out tomorrow or next day. If General Schuyler is not with you, he will take command of the troops. 41

[Note:In private hands. It was sold at auction in 1929. ]