George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 29 October 1780

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters Prackness Octr 29th 1780

Dear Sir

I have sent Joshua Smith to West Point to be confined there ’till further Orders, unless the Civil Authority should in the mean time demand him, in which case you will be pleased to deliver him up. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your Most Obed. Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. I would not wish Smith’s Confinement to be rigorous only secure.1 Be so good as to forward the inclosed Letter to the Governor2 or in his absence to the Lt Governor.3

Go: W——n

LS, in David Humphreys’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See Document XVII, and n.2 to that document.

2The draft, which GW’s aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton penned, reads “without delay” at this point.

3See Document XVI.

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