Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To GOVERNOR JONATHAN TRUMBULL New York, April 26, 1776.
Sir: When you did me the honor of a Visit at Norwich, on my way to this Place, I communicated to you the recommendation I had received from Congress, for sending four Battalions from hence, to reinforce the Troops in Canada. I now beg leave to inform you, that, in compliance therewith, on Saturday and Sunday last, I detached four Regiments thence, under the Command of Brigadier Genl. Thompson; and, by an express received last night, am Ordered by Congress, in addition to those already gone, to send Six more immediately. 62 Our Regiments being incomplete and much wanting in numbers, I need not add, that
[Note:Washington wrote to Col. William Irvine, of the Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment: "Immediately upon receipt of this Letter you are desired to march the Remainder of your Battalion directly to this City, in order to embark for Albany on your Rout to Canada." Irvine was to inform his men that Congress had augmented their pay to $6⅔ a month. ]
the Army here felt a sensible diminution from this detachment; and, when the second is gone, will be weak indeed, considering the Importance of this place, the many extensive posts which must be guarded for its defence, and, added to this, almost the whole of our Valuable Ordinance, Stores, and Magazines will be deposited here. For these reasons, It appears to me expedient, that some mode should be adopted, without loss of time by this, your, and the Jersey, Government, for throwing in immediate succours, upon the appearance of the Enemy or any case of emergency. I have wrote to the Congress of New Jersey upon the subject, praying them to form such regulations respecting their Militia, (they being the only resource we have), that Assistance may be had on the earliest Notice of an approach by the Enemy, for preventing the fatal and alarming consequences, which might result from the common, tedious and slow method generally used for obtaining their Aid; and would take the liberty of mentioning, that, if the same should be done by you and your Honble. Council, respecting your Militia, or such part of them, as are most contiguous to this Place, that the most salutary ends might be derived there from. The benefits flowing from a timely Succour being too obvious for repetition; I shall propose, with all possible deference, for your consideration, whether it will not be advisable to have some select Corps of Men appointed, under proper Officers, in the Western Parts of your Government, to repair to this place, on the earliest notice from the General or Officer Commanding here, of the appearance of an Enemy. If it should be thought necessary, upon an emergency, in the first instance to resort to you, and for all the ordinary forms to be gone thro', before any succours can be ordered in, It is to be feared that the relief would be too late to answer any good purposes. This, however, I shall submit to you, in full confidence of your most ready assistance on every occasion, and that such measures, as appear to you most likely
to advance the public good, in this and every instance will be most chearfully adopted. I am, etc.