George Washington Papers

From George Olney to Tench Tilghman, 11 March 1781

Providence 11th March 1781

Dear Sir

My not seeing you after the Ball at Newport obliges me to take this method of requesting a favour of you, which I flatter myself your good nature will induce you to comply with, and which I shall ever most gratefully acknowledge as an obligation: It is to ask His Excellency, and acquaint me with his answer, whether, at Colo. Biddle’s Quarters in Morris Town, or elsewhere, "Mrs Olney, in a violent rage, told him, if he did not let go her hands she would tear out his eyes, or the hair from his head; and that tho’ he was a General, he was but a Man"; or whether she ever said a word to him that border’d upon disrespect. You will doubtless be surpris’d at this extraordinary request, unless you have heard that such a report has been industriously spread thro’ the Country by some ilnatur’d, malicious person, which has greatly injured Mrs Olney’s reputation; but as I know it to be absolutely false, I cannot but hope you will kindly grant me a speedy compliance, to enable me to justify her by producing an indubitable written proof of its untruth. With great esteem, I am Sir, Your Most Obt Hume Servt

Geo. Olney

P.S. If this should not reach you before you set out for Head Quarters, I shall send it after you, and beg you will write me by the first private or public conveyance, directing for me at Providence.

PHi: Society Collection.

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