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To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 12 August 1778

From Major General William Heath

Head Quarters Boston Augst 12th 1778

Dear General

Yours of the 24th June and 3rd July Came to hand by this Days Post. where they have been so long detained I cannot Conceive, as they Contain Several Peices of Intelligence of the then motions of the Enemy—had they Come to hand in the Usual Time would have gratifyed the Publick exceedingly; be pleased Sir to accept my warmest acknowledgements of Gratitude and Thanks for the Honor Done me in writing of them.

I some time Since received a resolve of Congress accepting the resignations of Colo. Lee & Major Swaseys Commissions—the latter I do my Self the Honor to enclose⟨.⟩1 Colo. Lee is Gone a voluntier on the Expedition to Rhode Island—and I beleive Commands the Boats.

I am happy in having your Excellency’s approbation of my Conduct respecting the Unfortunate Death of Lt Brown of the Troops of the Convention.

all the Military Stores which Some time Since arrived at Portsmouth to which your Excellency is pleased to allude in yours of the 3rd July have been Sent on to Springfield, and had I received the Signification of your Pleasure those for the Horse should have been Sent Immediately to the North River.

The whole attention of the Publick is turned to the Rhode Island Expeditio⟨n.⟩ as I apprehend your Excellency has every intelligence directly from that place it will be needless for me to make mention of any from that Quarte⟨r.⟩ I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellencys most Obt Hbble Servt

W. Heath

N.B. Capt. Sewall’s Commission goes wth this.2

ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers.

1Congress had accepted the resignations of Col. William Raymond Lee and Maj. Joseph Swasey on 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). The enclosed commission of Swasey has not been identified.

2GW’s letter to Heath of 29 April had authorized him to accept Capt. Stephen Sewall’s resignation. Sewall’s commission has not been identified.

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