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Letter from George Washington to John Jay [Extract]
Washington, George, 1732-1799
November 20, 1779
Volume 14, Page 356

EXTRACT FROM LETTER OF GEN'L WASHINGTON TO PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS.
[Copy.]

West Point, November the 20th, 1779.

Sir:

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I regret much the failure of the expedition against Savannah, and the causes which seem to have produced it. The North Carolina troops proceeded yesterday to New Windsor, from whence they would begin their march for the Southward to-day. They could not commence it sooner, from the state of weather in the Southern Quarter, as communicated by General Lincoln in his letter to the Honorable the Committee of correspondence. I most sincerely wish it were in my power to afford him farther succour from this Army than the North Carolina troops; but, from the fullest consideration of the point, it does not appear to me practicable.

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I have, &c.,
G. WASHINGTON.