George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Harrison, Sr., 23 June 1782

Virga June 23d 1782


I should long since have acknowledged the rect of several of your favors, if any thing worthy of notice had occur’d, but that not being the case, and my situation being precisely the same as when I wrote last, I would not call your attention for a moment from your business to a letter which, at best could contain nothing more than a compliment.

The Assembly has been long sitting, some things are done by which you will be benefitted, but there is still much to do, to give you your due, and before you will be placed in the situation I most earnestly wish to see you, which is to carry on offensive operations against your much weaken’d and reduced enemy.

The subject of recruiting the army is but just taken up, and therefore I can give you no opinions as to the number of men that may be expected, sure I am that if a good bounty is given in hard money, a considerable number may be obtaind. The Assembly will finish their business in about ten days, when I shall have their proceedings fully before me, and shall be better able to form an opinion what may be done, in the mean time I have only to assure you, that such means as they put into my hands, shall be employ’d in the way most likely to render you effectual service. I have the honor to be with sentiments of the greatest respect and esteem Your most Obedt Hble Servt

Benj. Harrison


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