George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Steuben, 1 August 1778

From Major General Steuben

Philadelphia [c.1] Augt 1778


I cannot any longer defer acknowledging the many favors I have received from you & expressing my desire of your Excellencys continuing the same favorable sentiments towards me.

Immediately after my arrival here Congress were pleased to appoint a Committee to hear my Proposals—the Committee consists of Gen. Reed Mrss. Boudinot & Chace, & meet for the first time on saturday 8th Inst.;1 in the mean time, I am preparing a plan for the establishment of an Inspection, & as it is my wish, it shall be my endeavour, to form it on such principles, as may be agreable to your Excellency & the Army in general, and at the same time comprehend all the essential duties of the Office.

In preparing this Plan, the good of the Service is my only motive, all personal views will be laid aside, & the duties of Inspector General laid down & defined, not for myself, but for any person the Congress may think proper to appoint to that Office.

The Plan being fixed & approved by Congress—I shall, before it receives their final ratification insist on its being sent to your Excellency for your opinion thereon, & I beg my dear General that laying aside any partiality in my favor you will freely make any observations on it you may think proper.

Whatever may be the result of this Affair I beg you will believe me with the greatest respect & esteem Sir Your Excellencys most Obedt hum. Servt



1Steuben carried GW’s letters to Henry Laurens of 18 June and 26 July, which were referred to the indicated committee on 1 Aug. (see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 11:737).

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