George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major John Clark, Jr., 25 November 1777

To Major John Clark, Jr.

Head Qrs [Whitemarsh, Pa.] Novr 25: 1777.


Your two favors of the 22d & that of the 24th Instant have been duly received. I thank you for your exertions to procure intelligence and hope they will be continued. I have inclosed you a List of Questions to which I wish the most satisfactory Answers that can be obtained. You will direct your Emissaries & Spies particularly on these Head, and will request their pointed attention to them.1

I fear there is no foundation for the report of Lord Cornwallis’s captivity. If the Fact was so, I should have received authentic intelligence of it before now.2 No persons employed by you, have been with me. I shall be glad to know who John Fox is, whose permit you inclosed. Is he the Person who carried on the Cutlery business in Philadelphia? I am Sir Yr Most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, NjP:De Coppet Collection.

1This enclosure has not been identified, but the subject matter of the questions may be ascertained from the answers Clark provided GW in his letters of 26 Nov. and 1 December.

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