To Major General Benjamin Lincoln
Fredericksburg Oct. 9th 78
I am sorry I happened to miss you yesterday. I waited till two Oclock p.m. in expectation of your arrival, and then divided my family upon difft roads—but all of us escaped your Tract. conceiving that this might happen, I left a few introductory Letters (for you to some of the first Gentlemen in Carolina) with Baron Kalb,1 and would now inclose you others to my friends in Virga if I knew what rout you would take—But, uncertain of this, & perswaded you will not go out of yr way or stay long enough in Virga, to avail yourself of any civilities, I am certain my Country men would wish to shew you, I have declined troubling you with more than one to Mrs Washington; who will be happy in seeing, & shewing you every mark of esteem if you should go by the way of Alexandria.2
I most sincerely wish you the most perfect recovery of your Leg—a pleasant journey—and an agreeable & honorable Command. I shall always be glad to hear from you being with evy Sentiment of regard Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt & Affecte Hble Servt
p.s. If you should go thro Alexa., you will also pass Fredg—I have therefore given you a Letter to a Brother in law of mine in that Town.3
ALS, MH. GW addressed the cover of the ALS: “To Majr Genl Lincoln at Philadelpa. Favored by Majr Clarke.”
2. The enclosed letter to Martha Washington has not been found.
3. The enclosed letter to Fielding Lewis has not been found.