George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General William Smallwood, 5 June 1778

To Brigadier General William Smallwood

Head Qrs [Valley Forge] 5 June 1778

Dr Sir

I have been favoured with your’s of this date and approve of your coming on.1

With respect to the Stores taken in the prize, I wish you to give direction to Mr Wade to have them brought on to the Army. The Salt, and Tea will be particularly useful. The party, who took them will be paid for such Articles as the public get. I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt sert

Go: Washington

P.S. On reflection the Sloop & Cargo must be libelled I beleive agreable to the Resolves of Congress.2 This will supersede the order for their removal; but they should be conveyed to some place of security.

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, PWACD: Sol Feinstone Collection, on deposit PPAmP; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The first sentence of the draft reads: “I just now received your favor of this date by Mr Anderson and approve of your coming on.”

2For the resolves of Congress on prize vessels, see GW to Henry Laurens, 12 Jan., n.2.

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