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To George Washington from Robert Howe, 24 August 1783

Philadelphia 24th August 1783

Dear sir

Major Gibbs marched with Sprouts Regiment yesterday morning very early—Having furnished him with a waggon to take the baggage of some soldiers who had been sick & who with that indulgence can march, his numbers will I imagine be about three hundred and fifty: and as the Court-Martial will now very soon close their proceedings I have not detached the small number deficient of the four hundred, mentioned in your Excellency’s letter, as the whole may soon march off together: And as I had written to your Excellency upon the subject and expected to have heard from you before this, having been informed you were at Princeton.

A number of our men never having had the meazles, they took that disorder (on the march I beleive, as many houses on the road were full of it,) and have mostly all had it; since which some have been ill of fevers and of the disorders which generally succeed that distemper—These are now however recovering. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect sir Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant

Robt: Howe

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