Philadelphia Octr 30th 1780
My Dear Sir
I Received your Excellencys favor of the [23d] inst. a few days ago by Genl Greene. And am extremely obliged to you for your kind care & attention respecting my application for Mrs Mathews’s going to Carolina: permit me at the same time to assure you Sir of her most gratified acknowledgemt for your benevolent intentions towards her. I was surprized the Board of War had not wrote to you about the flag however, the matter seems now to be pretty well fixed.
I am made happy by Congress having at last agreed on the plan for the army, on such a footing as is likely to produce the desired effect. Had they but done this at first, there would have been little doubt of its success, but there is yet room to hope for important benefits from it, tho’ late.
By a letter Thursday received from the Governor of Virginia, we learn the enemy have landed at Portsmouth in that state. I suppose a little time will point out their real object. I hope Genl Greene will not be detained above a day or two longer here. I am Dear sir with the most sincere esteem Yr Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.