George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Benjamin Lincoln, 24 October 1778

From Major General Benjamin Lincoln

Philadelphia Octr 24th 1778

My dear General

I was on the 15th instant honored with your favor of the 9th with several letters one to Mrs Washington1 I shall do my self the honor of waiting on her if I pass through Alexandria—I am greatly obliged to you for your introductory letters to Gentlemen in Carolina2 and for your many unmerited marks of friendship, for them, I can only thank you over and over again—As early as I can know a state of matters southward I will communicate them. I set off this morning for carolina I wish the Congress had fixed their minds on some other officers for the southern department as well from a consciousness that many others would render there more important services to the public as from an apprehension that I may suffer in the journey from my wound which is not yet healed3 but I have not objected because to make excuses is painful. I have the honor to be my dear General with the greatest regard and esteem your Excellency most obliged & obedient servant

B. Lincoln


1This letter to Martha Washington has not been identified.

3Lincoln had been wounded in the leg at the Battle of Bemis Heights on 7 Oct. 1777.

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