George Washington Papers

General Orders, 4 September 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Moores-House [West Point]
Saturday Septr 4th 1779.

Parole Granby— C. Signs Hadley. Ipswich—

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

On this date, GW wrote a memorandum, dated at West Point, reading: “The foregoing is a copy in substance, if not verbatim, of the certificate given Lieutt Colo. Johnston at the time and place beforementioned—Since which, upon being reminded of some circumstances attending the manner and time of his solliciting leave to be absent, I have a feint remembrance that his applications were importunate & teazing, and complied with reluctantly—In terms perhaps not very acceptable to a military character” (ADS, DLC:GW). GW preceded this memorandum with a copy, in his writing, of the certificate which he had provided on 19 Oct. 1778 at Fredericksburg, New York. For Obadiah Johnson’s request for the certificate and its text, see his letter to GW of 10 April 1778, and n.1 to that document.

GW’s expenses for this date included 16s., “To Cash pd for bringg musmellons a present” (Revolutionary War Household Expenses, 1776–1780, DLC:GW, Ser. 5).

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