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Letter from Governour Trumbull to General Washington: Has ordered reinforcements of Foot and Horse to join the Army, with the the least possible delay



Lebanon, July 3, 1776.

SIR: Immediately after the recess of the General Assembly, I gave the necessary orders to Brigadier-General Wadsworth for expediting the raising and marching the battalions ordered to be raised and sent to your assistance. Since which I had the honour to receive your favour of the 28th ultimo, advising of the arrival of General Howe at the


Hook, and the near approach of the British fleet. In consequence of which, I have ordered such part of the battalions ordered to be raised to join you as are inlisted, to begin their march without delay, and that the residue move forward as fast as they are inlisted. But to prevent, as much as may be, any misfortune or danger from their arriving too late, I have ordered three regiments of Light-Horse of our Militia, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Seymour, to march, without loss of time, and join the Army under your command, and to continue to do duty with them until our battalions are completed, when, it is expected, they will be discharged, unless the situation of the Army should require that they be longer detained, of which you will be the proper judge; in which case it is hoped that they may be detained no longer than is absolutely necessary, as their private business at this season, in which the publick is interested, will suffer by their absence.

The critical situation of the Army under your command, and our desire to do everything in our power for the common defence, are the motives to order these regiments of horse to your assistance; but if you should think their service not necessary or useful, or should the situation of the Army be such that their march may be dispensed with, you will signify the same to Gold Selleck Silliman, Esq˙, the Colonel of the regiments of Light-Horse in this Colony, as well as of a battalion of foot coming to your assistance, that he may put a stop to their march. The utmost possible despatch in completing and forwarding the other troops ordered to your assistance will be used.

I am, with great truth and regard, your Excellency' s most obedient humble servant,


To His Excellency General Washington.