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From George Washington to Major General Benedict Arnold, 6 July 1778

To Major General Benedict Arnold

Bruns⟨wic [N.J.] 6t July 1778⟩

⟨D⟩ear Sir

I received your fav⟨or of the 30th Ulto⟩ and thank you much for your ⟨kind and⟩ affectionate congratulations. As yo⟨u will⟩ have seen before this, the account of ⟨ the ⟩ Action transmitted to Congress,1 I shall ⟨only⟩ add, since that was given, most of ⟨ the ⟩ Enemy have been found dead in ⟨ the ⟩ woods near the field of action and on ⟨their⟩ route according to report; and that de⟨sertions⟩ yet prevail in a pretty considerable degree.

I have also been favoured with M⟨ajor⟩ Franks’s Letter of the 4th and was sorry to f⟨ind⟩ you had been afflicted with a viole⟨nt⟩ oppression in your Stomach. I hop⟨e you⟩ are relieved from it & shall also be ⟨happy⟩ to hear that your leg is in a very fa⟨ir way⟩ of recovering.

Sr Henry Clinton had really su⟨ffered⟩ in his march through Jersey. From desertion—&c, I am firmly persuaded his Army has ex⟨perienced⟩ a diminution of Two Thousand men at le⟨ast⟩ since it left philadelphia. I am My Dr Sir with great esteem & regard Yr Obligd & Affect. Hb⟨le Sert⟩

Go: Washin⟨gton⟩

P.S. Our left wing moved yesterday morning and our right this on the rout to the North river.

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, NHi; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Where the LS is damaged, text has been supplied in angle brackets from the draft.

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