George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Anthony Wayne, 6 September 1780

Head qrs Sept. 6. 1780

Dr Sir

I have received Your Letter of the 3d and return You my warmest thanks for your professions of friendship. These are the more pleasing as I am convinced they are founded in the strictest Sincerity—and I hope it is needless for me to tell You at this time, that an equal regard for You, prevails on my part. I am concerned however, that You should have given Yourself the trouble of writing me on the subject of Your Letter. I did not want any assurances or any proofs upon the point, because I entertain no idea, that You encouraged the unhappy measure, to which You allude, and which I wish to be buried in oblivion. Your former assurances—your anxiety to which I was a Witness—the interesting part you took to compromise & settle the matter were sufficient to remove every belief of the sort.

I do not know with certainty the person to whom You allude, as having attempted to injure You; but from what I have heard and not without much pain, it is probable I could conjecture who it is. If I am not mistaken—with respect to the person I mean, I can with the greatest truth assure You, that he never mentioned a syllable to me in his life injurious to You in the least possible degree, nor have I any reason to believe that he ever did to Any Gentleman of my family. The bare report of a coolness which is said to subsist between You and the Gentleman I have in view, has given me great concern, because I have a warm friendship for both and consider harmony essential to our interest. There is nothing, if he is the person, which would give me more pleasure than to hear that You were in perfect amity again. Let it be the case—Let all differences subside—the situation of our affairs never required it more—and in the Emphatical terms of your & General Irvine’s Letter of which You inclosed a Copy—Let all be as a band of Brothers and rise superior to every injury whether real or imaginary and persevere in the arduous but glorious struggle in which we are engaged, till peace and Independence are secured to our Country. I am certain You will do it—and I will only add that I am With the most perfect regard Yr Friend & [ob.] St


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