Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To JACOB BAYLEY New York, April 29, 1776.

    Sir: I received your Favour of the 29th Inst., with Mr. Metcalf's Plan, and Captain Johnson's Journal of the Route from Newbury to St. John's. The Representation that was transmitted to me by the Hands of Colonel Little, 67 I had sent to Congress. Mr. Weatherspoon has been since sent to examine or explore a Route; but, I hear, he is still at Cohoos. The Time of the Congress is so taken up with many Objects of Consequence, that it is impossible for them to attend to every Thing, and as it is of Importance, that every Communication with Canada

[Note:Col. Moses Little. ]

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should be made as free as possible, it is my Opinion and Desire, that you set about the Road you propose as soon as possible. As you must be the best Judge who to employ you will please to take the whole upon yourself. We cannot at this Time spare Soldiers. You must, therefore, engage such Men as you know will do the Business faithfully, and well. As to their Wages, you must agree with them on the most reasonable Terms, and I doubt not that you will in this and every other Instance, serve your Country with Integrity, Honour, and Justice. As you go on, you will upon every Opportunity keep me advised and I will provide for the Expence, which you will be careful in making as light as possible. I am, sir, etc.

    P.S. I send you by Mr. William Wallace £250 lawful Money to begin with.