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    George Washington Revolutionary War Letter Approving an Expedition against the Seneca Indians, 1779 A very fine content letter to Colonel Daniel Brodhead (1736-1809), who commanded the American garrison at Fort Pitt (present-day Pittsburgh), in which he approves of Brodhead's expedition against the Senecas in a manuscript letter signed, one page, 19.25" x 13.75", New Windsor, July 13, 1779. Washington writes Brodhead in full: Yours of the 25th of June was delivered [to] me yesterday. I inclose you a duplicate of mine of the 23d which gave my consent to an expedition against the Mingoes. I am glad to hear you had received a supply of provisions and only waited my concurrence to make an expedition against the Senecas. I hope by this time you are carrying it into execution. I have more than once applied to the Board of War to supply you with some articles to reward the Indians - I shall renew my solicitations. I approve the sentence against Straffain. He appears to merit the punishment. But I leave its execution or remission to your discretion. If the circumstances of the of the Garrison require an example, let it be made. You will please to determine yourself in the other cases; and for the future, it will be unnecessary to send me any proceedings, but where the sentences affect life, or the decommission of an officer - All others you will decide yourself - I am D Sir Your most Obed Svt. G: Washington. P.S. It may be well for you to endeavour to open a correspondence with General Sullivan that you movements if possible may be serviceable to each other." The body of the letter is written in the hand of Washington's Aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton. Broadhead's expedition departed Pittsburgh on August 11, 1779, marched up the Allegheny River and burned several Seneca towns in their wake. They left Pittsburgh on August 11, 1779 in a campaign against the Allegheny Seneca, traveled four hundred miles, destroyed one hundred and thirty five Indian houses, and laid waste to vast fields and orchards scattering the Seneca and the Mingoes. Lightly and evenly toned, small loss at extreme left margin not affecting text, otherwise boldly penned and very clean. Not published in Fitzpatrick. The combination of Hamilton and Washington in this one missive makes this quite a special piece. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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