George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 4 June 1781

New Windsor June 4th 1781

My dear Marq

I have this moment received information that the letters, of which the inclosed are copies, with other dispatches and the Southern Mail, were taken between this and Morris town and carried—it is supposed—into New York—It is unhappy that the communication is so insecure! and that corrispondencies from one part of the Country to another are liable to such accidents!

I have received your letters of the 24th Ulto, but cannot, as the Gentn who bears this to Philadelphia is waiting, do more than acknowledge the safe arrival of them except entreating you not to hazard before nor after your junction with General Wayne a General Action unless you have very sure grounds to do it on. No rational person will condemn you for not fighting with the odds against, and while so much is depending on it—but all will censure a rash step if it is not attended with success. adieu I am sincerely & affectionately Yr

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