George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Benjamin Lincoln, 8 November 1780

Hd Qrs Passaic Falls 8th Novr 1780

My dear Sir;

I have now the pleasure to congratulate you upon your exchange. The certificate of it will be transmitted to you by the Commissary of Prisoners—Majr Bailey and Jackson are also exchanged.

I do not mean by this notice to hasten your return to the Army, for that alas! is upon the eve of its annual dissolution & consequently of the Enemys advantages—I am of opinion that your influence, and exertion in procuring the State’s quota of Troops for the War—providing funds for the subsistence of them—Magazines—&ca will be of infinite more importance in your own State this winter than it can be to become a mere spectator, or fellow sufferer of hunger & cold (from a scantiness of Provision and Cloathing) which I expect the small remains of our Army will have to encounter in a very short time—and more than probably to contend with them during the winter.

But at the same time I give this as an opinion I leave you at full liberty to pursue the best of your inclination and Judgment—being very sincerely Dr Sir Yr Affecte & Obedt Servt

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