George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 9 August 1779

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters West-point 9th Augt 1779

Dr Sir

I had the pleasure of receiving your letter inclosing that from Gen. Howe yesterday afternoon;1 which, agreeable to your desire, I herewith return. Col. White and the Infantry appear to have acquitted themselves with much reputation.

From the representation made of Danls case by Col. Drak[e], I think he had better be discharged; but as to the ordering him back into the country, it is a measure which I would not assume on the present grounds of complaint.2 Perhaps it may be adviseable to take the Governors opinion. I am Dr Sir, your most obt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; DfS, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW is referring to Heath’s second letter of that date.

2In this paragraph, GW is replying to Heath’s third letter of 8 August.

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