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From George Washington to Major General Benjamin Lincoln, 9 October 1778

To Major General Benjamin Lincoln

Fredericksburg Oct. 9th 78

Dear Sir,

I am sorry I happened to miss you yesterday. I waited till two Oclock p.m. in expectation of your arrival, and then divided my family upon difft roads—but all of us escaped your Tract. conceiving that this might happen, I left a few introductory Letters (for you to some of the first Gentlemen in Carolina) with Baron Kalb,1 and would now inclose you others to my friends in Virga if I knew what rout you would take—But, uncertain of this, & perswaded you will not go out of yr way or stay long enough in Virga, to avail yourself of any civilities, I am certain my Country men would wish to shew you, I have declined troubling you with more than one to Mrs Washington; who will be happy in seeing, & shewing you every mark of esteem if you should go by the way of Alexandria.2

I most sincerely wish you the most perfect recovery of your Leg—a pleasant journey—and an agreeable & honorable Command. I shall always be glad to hear from you being with evy Sentiment of regard Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt & Affecte Hble Servt

Go: Washington

p.s. If you should go thro Alexa., you will also pass Fredg—I have therefore given you a Letter to a Brother in law of mine in that Town.3

ALS, MH. GW addressed the cover of the ALS: “To Majr Genl Lincoln at Philadelpa. Favored by Majr Clarke.”

1See GW to Edward Rutledge and to John Rutledge, both 5 October.

2The enclosed letter to Martha Washington has not been found.

3The enclosed letter to Fielding Lewis has not been found.

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