George Washington Papers

From George Washington to General Henry Clinton, 4 September 1779

To General Henry Clinton

Head Quarters [West Point] 4th Septr 1779.


I have the honor of taking the earliest opportunity to transmit your Excellency two letters from Major Genl Phillips and one from Major General Baron de Reidisel which came inclosed to me from Major General Phillips.1 I have the honor to be with due respect Your Excellency’s most obt Sert

Go: Washington

P.S. I take the liberty to inclose a Letter for Cornet Fitzhugh, which if there is nothing improper in it, you will be pleased to have delivered.2

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, P.R.O.: 30/55, Carleton Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The postscript on the LS, which does not appear on the draft, is in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing.

1The last letter from British major general William Phillips to GW, which has been found, is dated 7 July; Phillips did not enclose letters to be delivered to Clinton.

2William Fitzhugh, father of Lt. Peregrine Fitzhugh, a prisoner in New York, had asked GW to forward this letter to his son (see William Fitzhugh to GW, 17 Aug.).

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