George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Dickinson, 3 December 1781

Philadelphia 3d December 1781.


I am informed by the Director General, that there will be a necessity of establishing a temporary Hospital at Wilmington, for the accommodation of a number of Soldiers returning from Virginia, whose cases will not admit of their being brought further at this advanced season. Doctor Latimer, the Bearer, is appointed to establish this Hospital, and I must request the favor of your Excellency to furnish him with the proper powers & means to procure a Building or Buildings suitable for the purpose, and Carriages for the transportation of the patients from the Head of Elk.

Your Excellency must be sensible that from the nature of the business upon which I have taken the liberty to trouble you, its execution can admit of no delay without endangering the loss of many brave and good Men. I have the honor to be with great Respect Your Excellency’s Most obedt and humble Servt

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