George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Lovell, 25 August 1779

From James Lovell

Augst 25th 1779


The following is the latest Intelligence from Europe yet come to my Knowledge.1 I have sent some part of it to the printer; but perhaps this Copy may first reach you, and prove a little respectful Exertion for your Excellency’s Benefit made by your humble Servt

James Lovell


GW replied to Lovell from headquarters at West Point: “I have been favd with yours of the 14 and 25th instants. I immediately forwarded the letter to Mr Loring inclosed in the former. I am obliged by your communication of European intelligence, which bears a most agreeable aspect” (Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW). Although Tilghman dated and docketed the draft 24 Aug., the letter must have been written and sent after that date, as GW acknowledges the “European intelligence” sent by Lovell in his letter of 25 August. Lovell’s letter to GW of 14 Aug. has not been found, and the enclosure has not been identified.

1See Joseph Gridley to Lovell, 25 May, printed as an enclosure to this letter.

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