George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Adam, 15 October 1780

To John Adam

Head qrs [Preakness] Octr 15: 1780


I understand Mr Skinner is gone to Philadelphia. You will keep the inclosed Letter for him till he returns, when You will take the earliest opportunity of delivering it to him. I desire to see him as soon as he arrives & have written to him for the purpose.1

You will inform the Officer who came with a flag to Elizabeth Town Yesterday—that he is not to wait for an Answer to the Letters he brought; and that One will be transmitted by an early conveyance.2 You will deliver him the Letters in the packet which accompanies this.3 I am Sir Yr Hbl. sert


Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW likely enclosed his letter to Abraham Skinner, commissary general of prisoners, dated 14 October.

2See William Phillips to GW, 13 Oct. (both letters) [letter 1; letter 2], and GW to Henry Clinton, 16 Oct.; see also GW to Clinton, 22 October.

3Harrison struck out “addressed to Major General phillips” at this place on the draft. The letters may have been from Brig. Gen. James Hamilton to Maj. Gen. William Phillips (see James Wood to GW, 21 Sept., and GW to Wood, 11 Oct.).

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