George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Margaret De Lancey, 27 May 1779

To Margaret De Lancey

Head Qrs Middlebrook May 27th 79


Your letter accompanied by three others was delivered me this morning.1 I am extremely sorry that my inclination to oblige you is unavoidably restricted to a partial compliance with your request. With respect to your cloaths, I am happy to have it in my power to grant the permission you desire, but I could not extend it to the other articles without infringing rules with which I am not at liberty to dispense. The mention of these and an assurance, that I have in no instance departed from them, will I am persuaded make any further apology superfluous. I return you the letters to Mrs Elliot and Miss Walton that you may give them a form corresponding with what I now express, and I shall then forward them with pleasure and furnish the necessary passports.

Mrs Washington begs to return her compliments. I am respectfully Madam Yr Most Obedt ser.

G. W——n

DfS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing with the dateline in GW’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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