TRANSCRIPT GLC 6490
George Washington. Letter signed: Head Quarters New Windsor,
to Governor Caesar Rodney, 1781 June 07. 2 p. + doc.
Head Quarters New Windsor 7th. June 1781.
By a Resolution of Congress of the 31st. of May, one Battalion
of Infantry and a Corps of Horse consisting of thirty two
Dragoons are required of the State of Delaware to serve for
three Months from the Time of their respectively rendezvouzing
at the Place or Places directed by me. Your Excellency has,
no Doubt, been made acquainted that the foregoing Requisition
is founded upon the alarming Progress which the Enemy are
making in Virginia. You will be pleased therefore to give
Orders to the Officers commanding the respective Corps to
march by Detachment as they are raised and equipped, to whatever
Place may be the  Head Quarters of the American Army in
Virginia, or in Maryland (Should the Enemy have advanced into
that State) and take their further Commands from the General
or other commanding Officer. I need but refer Your
Excellency to the Circular Letter of the Presidt. of Congress
of the 1st. inst. for the Reasons which ought to influence
the Exertions of your State most particularly at this Moment.
I have the Honor to be, with great Respect
Most Obedt. & very
[docket] Letter from G. Washington June 1781.