George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Howe, 21 December 1775

From Major General William Howe

Boston. December the 21st 1775.


In answer to your letter of the 18th inst. I am to acquaint you that my command does not Extend to Canada, nor having received any Accounts wherein the name of Allen is mentioned, I cannot give you the Smallest Satisfaction upon the Subject of your letter; But trusting Major General Carleton’s conduct will never incur censure upon any occasion, I am to conclude in the instance of your Enquiry that he has not forfeited his past pretensions to decency & humanity.

It is with regret, considering the character you have always maintained among your friends as a Gentleman of the strictest honor & delicacy, that I find cause to resent a sentence in the conclusion of your letter big with Invective against my Superiors, and insulting to myself, which Should obstruct any farther intercourse between us. I am Sir With due Respect Yr Most Obedt Sevt

W. Howe

ALS, DLC:GW; copy, enclosed in GW to Hancock, 25 Dec. 1775, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, P.R.O.: Carleton Papers; copy, MHi: Artemas Ward Papers; copy, DNA:PCC item 169; copy, NjMoHP. The ALS is addressed “To George Washington Esqr. Cambridge.” The copy in P.R.O. is dated 20 Dec. 1775.

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