George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert Morris, 19 May 1777

To Robert Morris

Head Quarters Morris Town May 19. 1777

Dear Sir

Your favour by Monsieur Armandt was duly handed me.1

I have been happy to show him every mark of attention in my power. The considerations you mention gave him a just claim to it; and derived additional weight from your recommendation.

I am pleased to find Congress took such distinguishing notice of him as they did in their late appointment. He has requested to have the command of a partisan corps, composed of Frenchmen; to which proposal I readily assented. As I wish to avoid as much as possible making drafts from the Corps already formed, I have recommended to him to engage as many as he can meet with fit for his purpose; and have left it to him to nominate such French officers, as he thinks qualified for the partisan to serve under him: As I confide in his making a judicious choice, I doubt not they will be such as I can approve.

He appears to me to be a modest, genteel, sensible young Gentleman; and I flatter myself his conduct will be such as to give us no reason to repent any civilities that may be shown him. I am with great respect Dear Sir Your most Obedient servant

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LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, NjMoHP. Hamilton addressed the cover to: “The Honorable Robert Morris Esqr. Member of Congress Philadelphia,” and in its lower left-hand corner he wrote: “⅌ favour of Monsieur D’armand.”

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