George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, 27 September 1777

From Brigadier General Anthony Wayne

Trap [Pa.] 27th Sepr 1777


I feel myself very much Injured until such time as you will be kind Enough to Indulge me with an Enquiry into my Conduct Concerning the Action of the night of the 20th Instant.1

Conscious of having done my duty I dare my Accusor’s to a fair and Candid hearing—dark Insinuations and Insidius friends I dread—but from an Open and avowed enemy I have nothing to fear.

I have no other mode of drawing them forth to Open view, but through your means, I must therefore beg an Immediate Enquiry—Your Compliance will much Oblige your Excellency’s Most Obt Huml Sert

Anty Wayne

ALS, PHi: Wayne Papers.

GW’s aide-de-camp Tench Tilghman replied to Wayne later on this date: “His Excellency commands me to acknowledge Yours of this morning and to assure you that upon the first convenient opportunity you shall be gratified in your Request for an enquiry into your Conduct in the Affair of the 20th—Genl Sullivan is still waiting for an enquiry into his Conduct in some late Affairs and one Court may determine both Matters. If the Army lays still tomorrow the General says he will endeavour to have it done” (ALS, PHi: Wayne Papers).

1For an account of the British surprise attack on Wayne’s division at its camp near Paoli, Pa., on the night of 20–21 Sept., see Wayne to GW, 21 Sept., and note 2.

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