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From George Washington to Joseph Reed, 4 March 1779

To Joseph Reed

Head Quarters [Middlebrook] 4th March 79.

Dear Sir

Inclosed is a letter which I had written your Excellency, previous to the receipt of your favor by Mr Keen1—If Congress have not given you official notice of their intentions relative to the defence of the Western frontier—You will be pleased to regard my letter on the subject in the light of a private and confidential2 intimation. I am with great regard and esteem Your Excellencys most obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in John Laurens’s writing, DLC:GW; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft manuscript and the Varick transcript are both dated 3 March 1779 and do not name the bearer of the letter from Reed to GW.

1GW is referring to his letter of 3 March to Reed. Thomas McKean, chief justice of Pennsylvania as well as a member of Congress from Delaware, may have delivered the letter from Reed to GW, which has not been found but probably was written circa 1 March.

2The words “and confidential” do not appear on the draft.

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