George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Anthony Wayne, 27 February 1781

Philad. 27th Feby 1781

Dear General

I was honored with your favor of the 2nd Instant and experience much happiness in your Approbation of my Conduct during the unfortunate Desertion of the Pennsa line but as I am informed that the tounge of slander (among some Individuals in the State of N. Jersey) has not been Idle on this Occation I hold it my duty to mention that as far as Orders & example had Influence the persons & property of the Inhabitants were protected & the strictest discipline Observed—Inclosed is a Copy of one of the last Orders Issued for this purpose, which was faithfully Observed in every minutia on the part of the Officers, even at 9 OClock the night of the Revolt at which hour every thing appeared favourable, and all the Soldiers either in their Hutts or properly Accounted for—Indeed one of their Complaints was, that they had experienced more restraint & stricter duty than Usual in Winter—however I would much rather be accused of that than a relaxation of Discipline—or inattention—to the rights of the Citizens, nor was any or all means left unattempted to quiet the minds of the troops which your Excelly will see by the Inclosed copy of our Orders of the Ultimo.

It is with pleasure I again Assure you that I am very much Indebted to every Officer for their attention to duty & Spirited exertions on this Occation & in particular to Colo. Stewart & Butler who as Commanding Officers of Brigades cheerfully risqued their lives & participated in every vicisitude of fortune with me.

I now Inclose your Excellency a Copy of the General Officers answer to the Queries of the Honble House of Assembly, & their proceedings thereon, which I hope will be productive of very salutary effects. I have the Honor to be with Singular Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obt & very Hume Sert

Anty Wayne

PHi: Anthony Wayne Papers.

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