George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Bryan, 9 March 1779

To George Bryan

Hd Qrs Middlebrook 9 March 1779


I had the honor of your favor of the 5th Instant.

I am much obliged to you for that attention you discover to prevent any intercourse with the enemy, which might be attended with doubtful circumstances. I had taken my measures with the gentlemen which are the object of your information before I recieved your letter, and, restricted them to our own lines at1 Elizabeth Town point where they had liberty to see their friends if they could obtain leave to come over2—This I imagined a sufficient security against any consequences which might be apprehended from a more liberal indulgence.3 I have the honor to be with great respect &c.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. This letter is dated 10 March in Pa. Archives description begins Samuel Hazard et al., eds. Pennsylvania Archives. 9 ser., 138 vols. Philadelphia and Harrisburg, 1852–1949. description ends , 1st ser., 7:236.

1GW inserted the previous four words above the line in his own handwriting.

2At this place on the draft, McHenry first wrote “under the protection of a pass.” These words were then struck out, and GW wrote “if they could obtain leave to come over” above the line.

3See GW to William Maxwell, 6 March, in Henry Laurens to GW, 2 March, n.8.

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