George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Spotswood, 23 August 1778

From Alexander Spotswood

Fredericksburg [Va.] Augt 23d 1778

Your Excellencys Favour of the 11th Came to hand this day. I ever thought, from the small Connection betwen us by marraige, that I had a share in your regard, and am happy to find, that, as an Officer, I was not low in your Esteem.1

To enter into a detail of what has past, woud b⟨e⟩ only Takeing up your Excellencys time, and now, woud answer no purpose; I shall only add, that, as events have turned out, I have been unfortunate in quiting a life that I was fond of—which I find to my sorrow has put it out of my power of ever distinguishing myself in a millitary Character—indeed it was a subject I shd not have revived, had I not have had repeated assureances from members of Congress—that my Commission was refused, and that ere long I shd be ranked as the next Brigadier from Virginia, which I now find will not be the Case. wishing your excellency a Glorious & happy Campaign—I remain with great Respect & regard yr Excellencys mt Obt St

Alexr Spotswood


1In 1769 Spotswood had married Elizabeth Washington (1749–1814), eldest daughter of GW’s half brother Augustine Washington (c.1720–1762).

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