George Washington Papers

To George Washington from General William Howe, 9 November 1777

From General William Howe

Philadelphia 9th Novemr 1777.


Lieutenant Vallancey, who was the Bearer of General Burgoyne’s Dispatches to me, is charged with mine in Return,1 and will apply to you to obtain a Passport for his safe Conduct to General Burgoyne in the Massachusetts Bay, which I request may be by the most convenient Route. I am with due Respect, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant.

W. Howe


1Howe was referring to his letter to John Burgoyne of 8 Nov. informing him that transports for Burgoyne’s troops would go to Rhode Island and that Burgoyne should get permission to embark from there (Davies, Documents of the American Revolution description begins K. G. Davies, ed. Documents of the American Revolution, 1770–1783; (Colonial Office Series). 21 vols. Shannon and Dublin, 1972–81. description ends , 13:257). For GW’s suspicions about that letter, see GW to William Heath, 13 Nov., to Horatio Gates, 14 Nov., and Burgoyne to GW, 25 Nov., and the notes to that document. George Preston Vallancy, who had been appointed a lieutenant in the 62d Regiment of Foot on 1 Sept. 1771, served with Gen. John Burgoyne in the disastrous Saratoga campaign. After Burgoyne’s capitulation Vallancy served as assistant quartermaster general to the Convention Army.

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