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    Washington Addresses "the outrages which have been committed in the County of West Chester"

    [Revolutionary War]. George Washington Letter Signed "Go: Washington" as commander of the Continental Army. Two pages, 7.5" x 9.25", "Head Quarters," June 14, 1783, written in the hand of Washington aide-de-camp, Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., to Governor George Clinton, in full:

    "In conformity to Mr Izard's request I take this liberty to inclose to your Excellency a Letter from Mrs. Delancey to him, discribing [sic] the outrages which have been committed in the County of West Chester. I am well assured that every species of outrage licentiousness and disorder hath and will meet with your displeasure; and I have therefore informed Mr Izard what measures have been taken for the prevention of irregularities in future, and the establishment of Civil Government again in that District. Inclosed you will find a Note from your old acquaintance Mr Rivington, and the Papers alluded to therein will be delivered to you by the same conveyance. Perhaps the amusement contained in them will be encreased [sic], by so conspicuous a proof of the returning politeness of one of your Citizens, who has been a Man of no small notoriety during the whole Rebellion, and who has been so remarkably distinguished by his regard to veracity, that his humble protestations of attachment cannot, at this time, be disputed."

    The same day, Washington sent a letter to Ralph Izard, who is mentioned in the letter above, stating: "I have transmitted to Governor Clinton the Letter of Mrs. Delancey, which you was pleased to inclose to me. The Acts complained of were committed at a Time when neither civil or military Government existed in that part of the Country, and while Measures were concerting for their Reestablishment under American Laws and Polity; Those enormities, being totally abhorrent to my Disposition, as soon as they were made known to me, I communicated to the Governor...The Chief Justice of the State, supported by a Regiment of Continental Troops, is now Administring [sic] Justice in that County; since his arrival there, I believe no Outrages like what Mrs. Delancey complains of, have been experienced..."

    Found in Volume 27 of the "Writings of Washington: June 1783-November 1784," page 9 though a footnote at the bottom states that the section beginning "Perhaps the amusement contained..." is "...crossed off in the draft." Folds are weak and separating. A small one inch tear at the lower left corner, which touches the latter half of Washington's signature, has been archivally repaired, but it does detract from the signature.

    W.C. Putnam Collection for the benefit of the Acquisition and Conservation Fund of the Putnam Museum.


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