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From George Washington to Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, 20 July 1779

To Brigadier General Anthony Wayne

July the 20: 1779

Dr sir

I observe in your Letter of the 16th of July by Mr Archer that you make particular mention of his intrepidity and firmness in the Assault on Stony point. Is it your wish that he should be the Bearer of my dispatches to Congress? His circumstances are peculiar—he has no appointment in the Army. It will be impossible to provide for him in any particular line; but perhaps he might obtain a Brevet Commission without giving any uneasiness. I shall be glad to know your sentiments upon the occasion and of the operation such an appointment and the sending him with the dispatches might have.

You do not mention the names of the Two Officers who led the advanced parties to the Two Columns.1 You will be pleased to do it with all the circumstances of conduct—and loss which they sustained. I must request you will transmit me the report which I asked in my Letter of Yesterday and the matters now requested as soon as possible.2 I am Dr sir with great regard Yr Most Obed.

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, PHi: Wayne Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Lieutenants James Gibbons and George Knox led the advanced parties.

2Wayne replied to GW on this date, 6:00 P.M.; see also Wayne to GW, 17 July.

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