To General William Howe
[Perkiomen, Pa.] Octr 6. 1777
General Washington’s compliments to General1 Howe. He does himself the pleasure to return him a dog, which accidentally fell into his hands, and by the inscription on the Collar appears to belong to General Howe.2
Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. On the draft manuscript Hamilton first wrote “Sir Wm.” He then struck out those words and wrote “General” above the line.
2. On the draft manuscript Hamilton wrote and struck out “his Excellency” and “Sir William” before writing “General Howe.”