George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Nathanael Greene, 24 April 1779

To Major General Nathanael Greene

Middle brook Aprl 24th 79

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 22d came to my hands about 9 O’clock this day. I thank you for the information contained. After the Minister has actually set out, I should be glad to be informed of it by express and (if the knowledge can be obtained readily) to be informed of his Stages, & the hour he may be expected in Camp.

I am sorry for the difficulties you have to encounter in the department of Quarter Master, especially as I have been in some degree instrumental in bringing you into it. Under these circumstances I cannot undertake to give advice, or even to hazard an opinion on the measures best for you to adopt—Your own judgment must direct. if it points to a resignation of your present Office, & your inclination leads you to the Southward, my wishes shall accompany it; and if the appointment of a successor to General Lincoln is left to me, I shall not hesitate in prefering you to this command, but I have little expectation of being consulted on the occasion—with truth & sincerity—I am Dr Sir Yrs &ca

Go: Washington

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

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