George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major Jacob Morris, 27 January 1778

To Major Jacob Morris

Head Quarters Valley Forge 27th January 1778

Dear Sir

I last night recd yours by Colo. Williams with several letters from Genl Lee.1 I am sorry that his request for a passport for Mrs Battier had not been immediately granted upon the first request in Jersey, you have one inclosed and I am persuaded you will do every thing in your power to accommodate a lady so warmly recommended by the General.2 I am not without hopes that he will be able to wait upon her himself as Genl Prescot, for whom he is to be exchanged upon parole, has been ordered to Rhode Island some time ago.3

I would have you comply with Genl Lee’s several requests for his Horses, and for the Hunting shirt and Rifle. I return you the Letters and Papers and inclose you a letter for the General which be kind enough to forward to him.4 I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Sert

G. W——n

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2The enclosed pass for Mrs. Battier has not been found.

3For Maj. Gen. Richard Prescott’s arrival in New York City and eventual exchange, see Joseph Webb, Jr., to GW, 30 Jan., and Elias Boudinot to GW, 2 March.

4See GW to Charles Lee, this date. Lee’s “several requests” have not been identified.

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