George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Walton White, 1 August 1777

To Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Walton White

Head Quarters Wilmington 1 August 1777.


A Letter just received from Brigadier General Maxwell informs me of the desertion of one of your light horse1—this disagreeable Circumstance will naturally put you upon your guard; but I desire that you will farther make very particular Scrutiny into the Characters of your men and if you shall find any more suspicious ones among them—that you will immediately dismount them and order them to Head Quarters—the Loss of a worthless Soldier will occasion less regret, when it is not accompanied with that of a Horse and Accoutrements. ⟨I⟩ am Sir Your most obedt hble Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, NNGL. The text in angle brackets is mutilated.

1GW apparently is referring to Brig. Gen. William Maxwell’s letter to him of 28 July, which has not been found (see GW to Maxwell, 30 July, and note 1).

Index Entries