George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Lincoln, 18 June 1782

Head Quarters June 18th 1782

Dear General

I cannot in justice to my own feelings on the occasion, nor to the several Brigades I have had the pleasure to see in the Field, refrain mentioning to your Excellency the high satisfaction I enjoyed on observing the clean, neat and Soldier-like appearance of the Troops, the exact & alert manner in which they performed their exercise, firings & Manuvres, I beg leave to assure your Excellency that nothing will afford me more satisfaction than to make this representation to Congress, which reflects so much honor upon your Excellency and the Officers and Troops under your Command.

I am pleased in the idea that those matters which have caused some uneasiness in the Army will soon subside, knowing that Congress are determined to do them perfect justice, which I am sure, from the knowledge I have of the Troops, is all they ask.

If in your opinion, it would be of use to communicate any of these sentiments to the Army, I wish it may be done. I have the honor to be with great esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Servant

B: Lincoln

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