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  Letter to James Clinton, January 24, 1780
George Washington. Letter signed: Head Quarters, [Morristown, New Jersey], to James Clinton, 1780 January 24. 1 p.

Head Quarters 24 January 1780

Dear Sir

I should have been glad had the situation of the Army, in respect to General Officers, admitted of my granting your request for a longer continuance of your furlough. But I am really obliged to dispense with many necessary Camp duties and to send Officers of inferior Ranks upon commands which ought in propriety to fall to General Officers. We have at this time but two Brigadiers of the line in Camp, and one of them, General Irvine has pressing calls to visit his family and waits the return of you or General Huntington. You will see by the above that I am under the necessity of desiring you to join your Brigade as soon as you possibly can.

I am Dear Sir
Your most obedient Servant
George Washington
Brig. Gen. Clinton: