George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Duane, 2 January 1781

Philad. 2d January 1781.

My dear General

I receivd with infinite pleasure your very friendly favour by Lt Col. Smith. I shall have occasion to give you some Information on passages of it which you ought to know but I have already trespassed on my Health to assist our new Minister. I have just got rid of a Violent Inflamation in my Throat and find myself at an extinguished fire an hour after midnight. The provision you wished is made for Col. Smith and I am happy on his Account. I wish I knew what to do for Col. Willet. An officer of his Gallantry and Zeal for the Service ought not to be mortified with a Retirement.

Young Pierce wants the office of paymaster General. I know his merit but will the Appointment be agreeable to your Excellency. to speak plainly is he supposd to possess a dignity of Character suitable to the Office? Sir Henry Clintons movements & Retardments Embarkations and Debarkations keep our Southern friends here in a constant fever—If General Greene had with him a small regular force & coud operate before a Junction between the Reinforcement & Cornwallis advanced body, this insolent little Tyrant woud repent his Rashness. Tho’ he is rejoicing at his safe Arrival at Charles Town I will never venture so far from home again, his whole force which I verily believe does not at his three posts exceed 2000 men including the shattered Corpse of Tarleton, must have been broken to pieces. Leslie I fear will come up in Time to reanimate them. Adieu my dear Children And believe me with the Warmest affection Esteem & Attachment Your most obedient & most faithful Friend & Servant

Jas Duane

PHi: Gratz Collection.

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