George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General William Smallwood, 1 January 1779

To Brigadier General William Smallwood

Philada 1st January 1779.

Dear Sir

The inclosed was addressed to me by the Board of War at the request of Mr Rutherford.1 As it appears from the State of the Case that an Officer is necessary to keep the Men employed in the shoe Factory at Newark in order, I think it will be best for you to appoint one for that purpose. You may perhaps know more of the matter than I do, and therefore should there be any misrepresentation, you are at liberty to act as you shall judge proper. I am Dear Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. At all events I would have the Men left at New ark for the Winter.

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, ViHi; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The enclosed letter has not been found.

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