George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert Howe, 25 May 1780

Morris-Town May 25th 1780.

Dear Sir,

Your private letter of the 22d came safe—The reduced state of our Brigades—the deranged situation of the Troops in consequence of it—and the accumulated distresses under which we labour from a variety of causes, renders it difficult for me, at this moment, to digest any plan of formation, & to make a disposition for the Campaign, that is pleasing & satisfactory to myself.

When I am able to do these, you may rest satisfied that so far as your wishes and the public interest comports, my inclination will assist the first—More than this you having been pleased to assure me you do not desire I cannot but thank you for the expression of it, as a contrary sentiment could not fail of adding to the perplexities of a mind already loaded with a thousand embarrassments.

I should have been more full, & free, in my communications on this subject—& in some other important matters, if time would allow me—rather—if I durst run the hazard of a miscarriage of my letter—I cannot forbear adding however, that I am sollicitous about the Gabions—Fascines—& scantling for Platforms, as mentioned in my letter of this date.—and that it is my earnest wish, that as many hands, and as much time as you can well spare, may be employed in this business. I am Dr Sir Yr Obedt & Affecte Servt

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