George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Francis Hopkinson, 27 January 1778

To Francis Hopkinson

Head Quarters Valley Forge 27th Jany 1778


I received your favor of the 22d Instant by Captain Alexander, to whom I have given an order to take several pieces of Cannon with a proper supply of Ammunition, that he, in conjunction with the other Gentleman1 of the Navy, may endeavour to interrupt the Enemy’s Shipping in their Passage up and down the river.2

Having never found an opportunity of conveying the Letter, which you some time ago sent to me for Mr Duche, by such a channel as I thought it would reach him, I return it to you again. The contents have not been made Public.3 I am Sir your most Obet Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, PHi: Hopkinson Family Papers; Df, DLC:GW; two Varick transcripts, DLC:GW. The addressed cover includes the notation: “Favr Capt. Alexander.”

1On the draft this word is written “Gentlemen.”

3This letter has not been identified.

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