George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Captain Francis Wade, 28 March 1777

To Captain Francis Wade

Head Quarters Morris Town 28th March 1777


I have yours of the 25th inclosing sundry Letters and papers respecting some of the most notorious of the disaffected in the County of Monmouth.1 It is to ⟨be⟩ lamented that the States will not pursue the proper Methods to root out all such dangerous Enemies from among them, it is not in my power to do it at present, having sufficient work upon my Hands to watch the common and more powerful Enemy—But I hope the time will come, when they will pay the price of their Villanies.

If your private Affairs demand your attendance at home, I certainly can have no objection. You have my tha⟨n⟩ks for stepping forward at a time when the most ⟨mutilated⟩ pre⟨v⟩ail upon themselves to stand their Ground. I do not know what allowance Colo. Trumbull makes to Gentlemen who have acted in your Department but I expect ⟨mutilated⟩ when I will inquire. You may depend upon havin⟨g⟩ what is adequate to your Trouble. I am Sir Yr most obt hble Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, NjFrHi. The text within angle brackets is mutilated. Although this letter is unaddressed, Francis Wade was conducting business for the quartermaster’s department in Monmouth County, N.J., at this time (see GW’s orders to Wade, 11 Jan., Wade to GW, 29 Jan., and Thomas Mifflin to GW, 9 Mar. 1777). Wade began interrogating Americans in the vicinity of Allentown, N.J., in early March 1777 (see Wade to the Continental Congress, 16 Feb., 4 Mar. 1777, in DNA:PCC, item 78).

1This letter has not been found.

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