George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Nathanael Greene, 27 April 1779

From Major General Nathanael Greene

Trenton [N.J.] April 27th [1779]
7 oClock in the Evening


His Excellency the Ambassador is now at this place. He sets off for Camp at 7 oClock in the morning and intends dining with your Excellency.

I have this moment arrivd here I left Philadelphia between two & three this afternoon. Before I left Town an Express arrivd from Georgia that brought dispaches from General Lincoln—He says there has been two little skirmishes lately in both which we gaind some advantage over the Enimy.1

General How is arrivd in Philadelphia with his family and intends seting off for Camp in a few days.2

Col. Cox sends off immediately a light Waggon with a Sturgen and some Shad for Head quarters. It will travel all Night and arrive seasonably to have the fish for dinner.

It is most probable the Ambassador will arrive about 4 oClock in the afternoon—He breakfasts at Princetown. Don Juan is in company with him They all lodge to Night with Col. Cox.3 Lord Sterling and Governor Livingston is here. I am with great respect your Excellencys Most Obedient humble Sert

Nath. Greene

Col. Tilghman arrivd in Phild. last night.


1Greene is referring to a letter that Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln wrote to John Jay from Black Swamp, S.C., on 15 April. In the letter, Lincoln wrote: “The militia, who crossed the river into the upper part of Georgia, have had lately two skirmishes; one with a number of Indians headed by some white men, and another with about two hundred of the enemys new raised troops; in both of which our people beat them, killed a number and took some prisoners, with no other loss than three men wounded” (DNA:PCC, item 158).

2See Robert Howe to GW, this date, in GW to Howe, 8 May, n.1.

3For the arrival in camp of Conrad-Alexandre Gérard, the French minister to the United States, and Juan de Miralles, the Spanish agent to the United States, see the source note for GW to Gérard, 1 May.

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