George Washington to James Duane
Tappan [New York] October 4, 1780. Criticizes proposed Congressional plan for raising a permanent army. Is concerned that slightest success “will lull us into security.” States that “the history of the war is a history of false hopes and temporary expedients.” Fears this winter “will open a still more embarassing scene.” Reports that interview at Hartford produced nothing conclusive.
Df, in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.