George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General François de Malmedy, 24 January 1777

To Brigadier General François de Malmedy

Morris Town Jany 24th 1777


Your Favor of 12 Inst. is now before me,1 & am Oblig’d to you for your kind Congratulations & professions of Service, which I have not the least reason to doubt—I some time ago heard of your Appointment to the Rank of Brigadr General in the State of Rhode Island, & am certain you will do every thing in your power to support the high Character given of you by Genl Lee & to convince those people that they have made a Judicious choice, but as this Nomination is entirely Colonial, am of Opinion the Congress will not Interfere in it, for some time at least. I can see no reason for the Disquietudes you mention, as the State of Rhode Island (I’m sure) have too much Gratitude to suffer any Gentleman whom they have once appoint’d, & fills it with Honor, to Sink in the Eye of the World, by afterwards accepting any Commission which may be the least Degradation of his Rank—Your Letter to Martinico I have Inclos’d to Mr Morris of Philadelphia, as the Safest mode of Conveyance.2 I am Sir Yr mo: Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in John Fitzgerald’s writing, RPJCB.

1This letter has not been found.

2Malmedy’s letter has not been identified.

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