George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Benedict Arnold, 1 October 1780

From Major General Benedict Arnold

New York October 1st 1780


I take this Opportunity to Inform Your Excellency, That I Consider myself no longer Acting under the Commission of Congress:1 their last to me being among my Papers at West Point You Sir will make such use of it as You think proper.2

At the same time I beg leave to Assure Your Excellency that my Attachment to the true Interest of my Country is invariable, and that I am actuated by the Same Principle which has ever been the governing Rule of my Conduct in this unhappy Contest. I have the honor to be very Respectfully Your Excellencys Most Obedt Hble Servt

B. Arnold

ALS, DLC:GW; copy, enclosed in GW to Samuel Huntington, 7 Oct. (Document XVI with Major John André’s Capture and Execution, 23 Sept.–7 Oct., editorial note), DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, MiU-C: Clinton Papers.

2For this commission, see GW to Arnold, 20 Jan. 1778, and n.1 to that document; see also Arnold to GW, 12 March 1778.

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