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From George Washington to William Stephens Smith, 24 June 1782

Head Quarters 24th June 1782


I have this Moment received your Application to me requestg Liberty to join the combined Armies in the West Indies, for this Campaign.

I applaud Gentlemen the noble & generous Ardor displayed on this Occasion—But having never taken upon me to grant Leave of Absence to Officers in the American Army, with out permission of Congress, your Application shall be conveyed to that Hono. Body—for their Approbation.

If your Design should be gratified in obtaing the Leave you ask, I most sincerely wish you every Success your military Genius & good Intentions demand—& that you may return again to your Country, crowned with Laurels, to enjoy the Honor & Satisfaction of your generous Services.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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