George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General William Woodford, 26 September 1777

To Brigadier General William Woodford

Camp near Potts Grove [Pa.] 26th Sepr 1777

Dear Sir

I have the p⟨lea⟩sure of yours of the 25th but a⟨m⟩ sorry to h⟨e⟩ar that your Wound is so troublesome to you⟨.⟩1 I have sent Colo. Biddle up purposely to see the Baggage properly ⟨di⟩sposed of, and I must beg of you to pay as much attention as your health will admit of to the conduct of the Baggage Guard, who will probably be licentious and distressing to the Inhabitants. Make my Compliments to the Marquis and be assured I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS (mutilated), in Tench Tilghman’s writing, PVfHi. The letter is addressed below GW’s signature to: “Genl Woodford, Bethlehem, Favored by Col. Biddle.” The mutilated portions of the text are supplied within angle brackets from Fitzpatrick, Writings, 37:541.

1This letter has not been found. Woodford had been wounded in the hand at the Battle of Brandywine.

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