George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Nicholas Way, 6 September 1778

To Nicholas Way

White Plains Septr 6: 1778


In the Brig. Symmetry, taken in the course of the last Winter at Wilmington, there were several Medical manuscripts, belonging to a Mr Boyce, Surgeon of the 15th British Regiment—For these Mr Boyce applied to me and obtained my promise that they should be returned.1 I am now much concerned to find, that after so much time has elapsed—and after his politeness, in consenting that they might be copied, that they have not been sent him and that there are some difficulties made against doing it. I am told the Manuscripts are at present in your hands; If it is the case, Sir, I must request the favor of you to transmit ’em either to me or to General Smallwood by the first safe conveyance, that they may be sent to New York by a flag. I am sir Yr Most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

Df, in the writing of Robert Hanson Harrison, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the capture of the Symmetry, see William Smallwood to GW, 30 Dec. 1777, and note 3; for discussion of the medical manuscripts of Robert Boyes, see GW to Smallwood, 23 Jan. 1778, and note 4.

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