George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Thomas Mifflin, 28 May 1777

To Major General Thomas Mifflin

Morris Town May 28th 1777.

Dear Sir

From your Letter of the 13th, and my answer of the 15th I expected, you would have been in Camp ’ere now; If you are not detained on Business, that is materially interesting and of consequence, I wish you to join me immediately. I this day move to Bound Brook, from whence I came yesterday morning. I am Dear Sir, Your most Obedt Servt

G. Washington

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

The unfound receiver’s copy of this letter was enclosed in the letter that Mifflin wrote to John Hancock on 4 June: “When I receivd the last Order of Congress to remain in Philadelphia I writ to the General on the Subject [see Mifflin to GW, 27 May]; but receivd the enclosd Letter from him which was dated before mine could have reachd his Hand.

“As the General is very anxious to have the Heads of his several Departmts in The Field with him I request the Favor of you to apply to Congress for their further Orders to me—If they have no ‘interesting Buisiness’ for me in Philadelphia I shall be glad to have an Oppertunity of joining the Army agreeable to the Generals Letter” (DNA:PCC, item 161). Congress read Mifflin’s letter on that date and gave him “leave to repair, immediately, to head quarters” (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 , 8:416; see also Hancock to GW, 5 June). For GW’s countermanding of this order, see his letter to Mifflin of 31 May and his letter to Hancock of 8 June.

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