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Joseph Trumbull to General Washington



Lebanon, October 30, 1775.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY: I have been very unhappily detained here by sickness, which has been very severe; but, by the goodness of God, is now going off; and as that goes off, my anxiety about my business increases. I sent, some time ago, a request to your Excellency for a supply of cash, without which nothing can be done; that cash I have not received, which, possibly, was well judged in my friends, considering the then alarming state of my health. I have now procured Captain Wadsworth, the bearer, to wait on your Excellency in my name and stead, to request a warrant to the Paymaster-General for one hundred and twenty thousand dollars; the greatest part of which is now due to my agents in New-York and this Colony, and the rest will be needed by them immediately, to make the necessary supplies for the Army within my department for the coming winter. I hope to be able to attend my duty in camp again, but have been and am reduced so low that it must be two or three weeks first; however, your Excellency may depend on my attendance, as soon as it can be thought prudent for me to venture.

I am, with the greatest respect and esteem, your Excellency' s most obedient and very humble servant,


His Excellency General Washington.