George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Mordecai Gist, 21 June 1779

From Brigadier General Mordecai Gist

Baltimore 21 June 79


Your favor of the 3d Inst. covering letters to Colonel Rogers and Mr Daniel Bowers came to hand a few days ago1 and are since deliverd the latter is a Gentleman of German Extraction who I am Informd has Manifested his Attachment to the liberty and Independency of America on several Occasions among his Countrymen and his circumstances are such as would not admit an Offer from Your Excellency that carried the Idea of compensation; the Enemy left the State of Virginia Immediately after my Arrival at this place2 since which the Bay has been Infested with a Number of Brittish Privateers. in Compy with the other Sloop of War a Number of Letter of Mark Vessels under Convoy of the State Gallies are gone down to Attack and force their way to sea.

Your Lady arrivd here Yesterday in perfect health and purposes continueing a few days in Baltimore after which I shall Immediately set out to rejoin the Army.3

We have no Confirmation of the Repulse said to be given the Enemy before Charles Town.4 I have the Honor to be with due respect Yr Excellencys Mo. Obdt Servt

M. Gist

LB, NN: Mordecai Gist Letter Book.

1The letter sent to Gist has not been found, and it apparently was dated later than GW’s draft of 1 June.

2For the British expedition against Virginia that left New York City on 1 May and returned to Sandy Hook, N.J., on 29 May, see William Maxwell to GW, 3 May, n.2.

3In making this statement, Gist conformed to GW’s directive that he return to the army from his temporary command of Maryland militia as “soon as the enemy have left Chesapeak bay and the danger which now threatens is over” (GW to Gist, 27 May).

4Reports of an American success in South Carolina ultimately proved erroneous (see John Jay to GW, 4 and 7 June, and GW to James Clinton, 13 June; see also GW to John Augustine Washington, 20 June, and n.7 to that document).

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