George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Steuben, 19 December 1778

To Major General Steuben

[Middlebrook, N.J.] 19th Decr 1778


I had the honor of receiving a few days since your letter of the 6th instant;1 I am much obliged to you for the polite assurances you give; and in my turn, I beg you will believe, that when the institution at the head of which you have been placed, can once be established upon a footing mutually agreeable to you and to the army, to which end all the measures I have taken in it have been directed, I shall be happy to give you every support in my power to facilitate your operations—In doing this I shall equally consult the personal consideration I have for you, and the improvement and benefit of the army, which I am persuaded will be greatly promoted by a full exertion of the same talents, experience and activity, of which you have already given the most satisfactory proofs. I am with great esteem & regard Sir Yr Most Obedt serv.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This letter has not been found, but see Alexander Hamilton’s letter to Steuben of this date in Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 1:600–601.

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