Graton State of Connecticutt 8th Septembr 1780
Tho’ I have not the Honor of a personal acquaintance with your Exelency, your ardour in Support of the Independance of these United States demand my warmest gratitude, your perseverance when the Army under your Command so Repeatedly are unsupply’d with Common necessaries Speak Loudly the greatness of your Soul & goodness of your heart, God grant you may be preserved & Reap the fruit of your Toils in Peace establishing the Independance of these States, I am happy at this time to have it in my power to Regale you with some five Years old Madiera Wine, intended for our Enemies officers in New York, and beg your acceptance of the best Pipe from a Cargo of Three Hundred Captured by Capt. Peter Richards in my Privateer Sloop Hancock, the order inclos’d will inform your Exelency to whom to apply, I wou’d gladly have Sent it to you at Camp, but your movements being frequent I shou’d be at a Loss where to send & the best Rout for it to go in safety; I wish you may Receive it in the purity it goes from Hartford.
I Refer your Exelency to your officers in the Connecticutt Line, (particularly my worthy friend Genl Parsons) for my general Character shou’d you ever pass thro the Eastern part of this State you will do me both Honor & pleasure to favour me with your Company, at my habitation. I have the Honor to be with utmost esteem & Respect Your Exelencys most Obed. & very Huml. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.