George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Franklin, 25 July 1777

To William Franklin

Head Quarters Ramapough [N.J.] July 25th 1777


I have this moment received your letter of the 22d instant by express.

I heartily sympathise with you in your distressing situation; but however strong my inclination to comply with your request, it is by no means in my power to supersede a positive resolution of Congress, under which your present confinement took place. I have enclosed your letter to them,1 and shall be happy it may be found consistent with propriety to concur with your wishes in a matter of so delicate and interesting a nature. I sincerely hope a speedy restoration of Mrs Franklins health may relieve you from the anxiety you must naturally feel from her present declining condition. I am with due respect Sir Your most Obed. Servant.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; copy, British Library, Add. MS 9828; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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