George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant General John Burgoyne, 4 April 1778

From Lieutenant General John Burgoyne

Cambridge [Mass.] April 4. 1778


I beg you to accept my sincerest acknowledgements for your very obliging letter.1 I find the character which I before knew to be respectable is also perfectly amiable; and I should have few greater private gratifications in seeing our melancholy contest at an end than that of cultivating your friendship.

I shall take particular care of your letter to Mr Fairfax.2 He is a gentleman I much esteem, & I hope there is no reason to apprehend his Death. I heard no such report when I left England last spring, nor have I seen it in any of the Magazines since, most of which have come to my hands. I have the honor to be with great respect, Yr Excellency’s most obedt Servt

J. Burgoyne.

Sprague transcript, DLC:GW. This letter apparently was enclosed with Maj. Gen. William Heath’s letter to GW of 6 April.

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