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From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 24 June 1778

To Major General William Heath

Hopewell Township, Jersey near the Baptist meeting house
24 June 1778

Dear sir.

I had the pleasure of your two letters, the one of the 26 of May and the other of the 6 Inst.

The Congress sometime ago resolved that Col. Lee’s commission should not be received till further consideration. I have not heard any thing since on this subject and must therefore refer Col. Lee to Congress for an answer.1 I accept of the resignation of Captn Cleveland of Jackson’s Regiment, and Joseph Stacy’s Q. M. to Col. Lee’s—In the settlement of their accounts you will see that they are not indebted to the Continent.

On the morning of the 18 Inst. the rear of the enemy’s army evacuated Philadelphia upon which I immediately moved towards the Delaware—They have penetrated as far as Allen Town—but whether they mean for Amboy, or Sandy-Hook is not evident. Every obstruction is thrown in their way which our circumstances will admit. I am Sir your most obt and very hble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW signed the cover of the LS.

1On 8 April, Henry Laurens wrote to GW that consideration of Col. William Raymond Lee’s letter of resignation would be postponed for “a few days”; Congress did not officially accept Lee’s resignation until 24 June (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 11:640).

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