George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Fitzhugh, 17 April 1782

Newburgh 17th Apl 1782

Dear Sir,

Your favor of the 28th Ulto came to my hand by the last Post—Inclosed is a duplicate of my Letter to Count de Grasse, which I hope will get to his hand, if the original—committed to the care of the Chevr De la Luzerne—miscarried.

I am glad to hear your Son William is so well satisfied with the reception given him by Genl Greene—and with the Country he is in. Cloathing has been sent on for the Southern Army, but they got dissipated and lost in the transportation.

I have no idea that any number of Men can be obtained at this stage of the contest by voluntary enlistment, and fear we are only deceiving ourselves, and lingering out the war by attempting it. Our Battns I am certain can never be compleated in this way to answer the purposes of the Campaign the consequence of which must be, that instead of following up our blows, we give the enemy time to recover—or, we must, to carry on offensive operations, have recourse to the ineffectual—expensive—and ruinous expedient of calling out Militia—which Never did—nor never will answer any valuable purposes.

My best respects, in which Mrs Washingtons are united, attend Mrs Fitzhugh and I am with sincere esteem & regard, D. Sir yr Obedt & Affe Hble Servt

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