George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major Jacob Morris, 21 January 1778

From Major Jacob Morris

Princeton [N.J.] January 21st 1778


Major Williams1 who will deliver your Excellency this packet, handed me the inclosed papers from my Frie[n]d Genl Lee this morning. His being in some measure relieved from his confinement is an event upon which I most sincerely congratulate your Excellency.

As I shall wait your Excellency’s instructions how to proceed with regard to the several applications contained in the Genls Letters; the honour of a few lines from Head Quarters, as speedily as possible on that subject, will make me very happy.

Those letters directed to myself and such other papers which are inclosed, as shall be thought proper, I must submit to your Excellency’s pleasure to return with the answer to this2—I remain with great respect Your Excellencys most obedient humble Servant

Jacob Morris


1“Major Williams,” whom GW called a colonel in his reply to Morris of 27 Jan., was apparently Otho Holland Williams, who had just been exchanged following his capture while major of Col. Hugh Stevenson’s Rifle Regiment at Fort Washington in November 1776. Shortly after his exchange Williams would take command as colonel of the 6th Maryland Regiment.

2The packet included Charles Lee’s letter to GW of 30 Dec. 1777 as well as a letter “in favor of Mrs Battier” and “several requests for [Lee’s] Horses, and for the Hunting shirt and Rifle” (see GW’s letters to Lee and Morris of 27 January).

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