George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Stoddert, 24 June 1780

War Office June 24. 1780


The Board have the honor to inclose the extract of a letter from Genl Woodford, respecting the situation of his health, and his desire to be removed to a more Northerly climate: As the Board are satisfied of the truth of what the General alledges, they are much surprized that Sir Harry Clinton should be so wanting to humanity as to refuse so reasonable a request.

The terms on which the General Officers of the Enemy have been favored with indulgences, are best known to your Excellency, to whom the Board beg leave to submit the case of Genl Woodford. I have the honor to be with the highest respect. Yr Excellency’s Most obed. Servt

by ord.

Ben. Stoddert


DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Dated at Charles town June 2nd 1780.

came by the flagg.

My health still continues bad, and I dread the approaching season, unless I can get leave to go farther North, which there seems no prospect of, at present. I have applyed to have my parole extended to Virginia, or if that indulgence was inadmissible, to be sent to N. York; or any other Northern Post in the kings possession: this has been refused.

I believe it is unprecedented on our side to refuse such indulgence, upon the score of health, to any officer of theirs.

If a representation of this affair will be likely to extricate me from my present disagreable situation I will thank you to do what you can for me.

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