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To George Washington from Nathanael Greene, 12 December 1782

Head quarters Decemr 12th 1782

Dear Sir

I have taken the liberty to inclose to your Excellencys care a number of family letters from Mrs Greene and my self to our friends in Rhode Island; the whole under cover to Governor Greene. I am not informed whether letters go to the Governors free from postage. If they do not, I beg you will be kind enough to give them a private conveyance by the first safe opportunity. I should not have taken this liberty or given you this trouble; but from your assurances that it would always give you pleasure to oblige me in this way. Mrs Greene is in pretty good health and desires me to present her very affectionate compliments to you and Mrs Washington to whom you will please to add mine also.

Our struggles I hope are near at an end in this country. They have been long and severe; but the issue draws a pleasing shade over all the disagreeable parts. It appears by the Parliamentary register the enemy had upwards of 18000 Men in the southern department last year; besides tory Militia and Negroes which amounted to not less than four thousand. To oppose to this the Marquis and my self had about 5000 troops and occasional aids of Militia; but their numbers were small and those badly armed. This was before your Excellency arrived in Virginia. When we fought the battle of Eutaw the enemy had by their own returns fit for duty in Charlestown and in their advance Army 6700 Men fit for duty besides the Militia and not less than 2000 of these. Our force amounted to no more than 1500 regular troops horse & foot and about 500 Militia. It is hardly credible and yet it is strictly true one half the enemies force if it had been properly employed was sufficent to have driven us out of the Southern States.

I hope the enemy will be gone to day and once more give freedom and ease to this part of the Country. What will be their future plan of operation is difficult to conceive of. I wish our affairs in matters of finance were in as flattering a train as our Military operations are. The conflict of last campaign has produced the repose of this without which I know not what we should have done. I am dear Sir with respect & affection Your most obedt humble Sert

N. Greene

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