George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Rutledge, 5 October 1778

To John Rutledge

Fish-kill Octr 5th 1778.

Dear Sir,

Congress having been pleased to nominate Major Genl Lincoln (the bearer of this Letter) to Command the Troops in the Southern Department I take the liberty of recommending him to your civilities & friendship.1 In this Gentn you will find a worthy character, & a brave & attentive Officer—My best respects are tendered to Mrs Rutledge.2 I have the honr to be with great esteem & regard Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ADfS, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For GW’s subsequent conveyance to Benjamin Lincoln of this letter and his letter to Edward Rutledge of this date, see GW to Lincoln, 9 October.

2John Rutledge’s wife was Elizabeth Grimké Rutledge (1741–1792).

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