To Major General William Howe
[Camp Cambridge] Aug. 23. 1775
I flatter myself you have been m[is]inform’d as to the Conduct of the Men under my Command complained of in yours of yesterday. It is what I should highly disapprove & condemn.
I have not the least Objection to put a Stop to the Intercouse between the two Camps either totally or partially. It obtained thro. the pressing Sollicitations of Persons cruelly separated from their Friends & Connections & I understood was mutually convenient. I am Sir Your most Obed. Hbbl. Servt
Df, in Joseph Reed’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft is addressed “The Hon. W. Howe Esqr.” The words “Camp Cambridge” in the dateline are taken from the Varick transcript.