George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major Henry Harnage, 24 May 1779

From Major Henry Harnage

Cambridge [Mass.] May 24th 1779


I take the earliest occasion of Returning you my most sincere thanks for the Attention your Excellency has kindly shewn to my Request of 27th March.1 Altho’ we have been very particularly unfortunate in not having succeeded; yet Sir, Gratitude will Oblige us ever to Remember the considerate Attention you generously shew’d to Our Sollicitations!

A Thousand Insurmountable Obstacles, join’d to Mrs Harnage’s ill health, has rendered all my endeavours of removing from hence, to Charlotteville, fruitless, We are therefore necessitated to remain here some time longer.

Might I trouble your Excellency again, with what purely relates to us Individuals! I wou’d request, that Shou’d you hear of Our being Exchanged, you wou’d Order us to be Acquainted with it, by the first Opportunity? Certainly it was intended that Capn Hawker, and me, Shou’d be included in the Exchange of Those Invalids belonging to the Troops of Convention, Who were sent into New-york!

My feelings on account of Mrs Harnage’s Distresses are great, and I fear have made me trespass on your Patience.2 With Sincere Assurances that She, and Capn Hawker, join me, in respect to your Excellency, permit me to Subscribe Myself—your Excellency’s much Obliged and most obedt humble Servt

Henry Harnage

ALS, DLC:GW. Maj. Gen. William Heath forwarded this letter under cover of his letter to GW of 29 May.

1See Harnage’s letter to GW of that date, in which he requested transport by water from New York City to Charlottesville or any other location in Virginia on account of his wife’s pregnancy.

2GW sent a brief reply to Harnage on 11 June (DLC:GW).

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