George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel Francis Barber, 9 July 1778

To Lieutenant Colonel Francis Barber

[Newark, N.J.] July 9: 1778

Dr Sir

I was this afternoon favoured with your Letter of the 8th Inst.1 While you are at Elizabeth Town, I wish you to obtain the best intelligence you can from time to time of the Enemy’s situation and of any movements, they may seem to have in view. For this purpose you will employ the persons you mention, or such others as you may judge necessary. Whatever expences you are at, upon this occasion, will be repaid on the earliest notice.

I am extremely happy to hear your wound is in so favourable a way.2 I hope it will be better every day. Tho I wish for your services, I would not have you to rejoin the Army before your condition will admit of it, with the most perfect safety. I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, owned (1986) by Mr. Joseph Rubinfine, Pleasantville, New Jersey. GW signed the cover of the LS.

1Barber’s letter to GW of 8 July has not been found.

2Barber had been wounded at the Battle of Monmouth on 28 June.

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