George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 11 April 1780

Highlands 11th April 1780

Dear Sir

In a private conversation I had with your Excellency just before I left Morris Town, you were so kind as to tell me that you would give me some intimation should farther movements of our Troops to the southward become necessary, then I might take measures with my friends, which I had hopes you sir would [second],to follow the war to that quarter should it translate itself thither, and inactivity prevail here. I would not presume to mention this to your Excellency again did not a Rumour Sir prevail here that you in Person were going to the southward, that tho’ I pay not the Last Credit to, yet as it is within the bounds of possibility, my anxiety to attend you should it happen compels me to trouble you with this application, and I [conceive] my intimate knowledge of the Places & People of Both Carolina’s, and I flatter my Self my influence in one, if not both, would make me not an unuseful Actor upon the theatre of Either State, and [which mo]stly induces me Earnestly to wish to be taken with you should you go there & am Dear sir with Respect and true affection your Excellency’s Most obt servt

Robt Howe

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