George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Charles Scott, 8 November 1778

To Brigadier General Charles Scott

Head Quarters [Fredericksburg, N.Y.] 8 Novr 1778

Dear sir.

I received your favor of the 7th with its inclosure last night thro’ the hands of Cornet Wells with whom it was sent.1

I think you had better advise the person who communicates to withold his name from his letters or else to assume a false signature. But I do not see the necessity of any name so long as the writing is known by the parties.

The letter which accompanies this2 will procure the stay of the men employed in navigating to and from Long Island. I am Dear sir Your most hble servt.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1James Wells (1752–1781) of Connecticut was appointed a sergeant in the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons in May 1777 and promoted to cornet in January 1778 and to lieutenant in June 1779.

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