George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Morris, 9 May 1778

From Robert Morris

Manheim in Pensylva May 9th 1778

Dear Sir

I was honoured with yours of the 27th Ulto which needs no reply, I also rec’d your answer to what I had wrote respecting Colo. Armand & did not think it necessary to trouble you further on that Subject.1

In a letter from my Friend Isaac Governeur Esqr. dated Curracoa 11th Feby 1778, which reached me a few days since, is the following paragraph “there is also a small Box Containing one dozn Bottles of Constantia Wine, its made at the Cape of Good Hope is an excellent Stomatick & very refreshing when fatigued its directed to his Excelly Genl Washington & begs his acceptance hopeing he will pardon the Freedom.”2

I believe this Box has been landed in North Carolina under the care of Jos. Hewes Esqr. and I will desire him to send it forward by the first safe Conveyance3—when I congratulated your Excelly on the great good News lately received from France, you will not expect me to express my Feelings, was I in your Company my Countenance might shew, but my pen cannot express them. Most sincerely do I give you joy, Our Independance is undoubtedly Secured, our Country must be Free & to compleat this Work I most ardently pray, that Victory may be your Handmaid the ensuing Campaign. With the most perfect esteem I remain Your Excellys Obedient hble servt

Robt Morris


2Isaac Gouverneur, Jr. (1721–c.1800), of New York City was a prominent merchant who also served as an agent of Congress in Curaçao and St. Eustatius in the West Indies.

3Joseph Hewes (1730–1779) of Edenton, N.C., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a delegate to the Continental Congress, 1774–77 and 1779.

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