George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Peachey, 18 September 1757

To William Peachey

[Fort Loudoun, 18 September 1757]

To Capt. Peachy
Dr Sir,

Your favour of the 22d ultimo came to hand about 4 days ago.

In answer to that part which relates to Colo. Corbins gross and infamous reflections on my conduct last spring; it will be needless I dare say to observe further at this time, than that the liberty which he has been pleased to allow himself, in sporting with my character, is little less than a comic-entertainment, discovering at one view, his passionate fondness for your friend—His inviolable love of truth; his unfathomable knowledge! and the masterly strokes of his wisdom in displaying it. These several talents he has I think exhibited in a most conspicuous manner to every person who was in the least degree acquainted with the situation of affairs in this county at that juncture. The report of your false musters is equally absurd; and may take credit as above.

You are heartily welcome to make use of any letter or letters, which may at any time have been written to you: for, altho’ I keep no copies of Epistles to my friends;1 nor can remember the contents of all of them; yet I am sensible that the narrations are just; & that truth and honesty will appear in my writings; of which, therefore, I shall not be ashamed, tho’ criticisms may censure my stile.

Mr Bod2 is now in Augusta. I am perswaded he told me that the Governor forbad his paying you for the month of June. I have nevertheless certified, that you did duty until sometime in July; and wish it had been your lot to have continued with.

That our poor friends Spotswood, & Benj. Bullet are lost, is a truth (I believe) too certain. I am &c.



1The consequences of GW’s decision not to retain copies of letters sent to his friends can be seen particularly in his extensive correspondence with his older friend and patron, William Fairfax. While dozens of Fairfax’s letters to GW have survived, we have copies of only two or three of the many letters that GW wrote to Fairfax.

2The copyist misspelled Paymaster Alexander Boyd’s name.

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