Philadelphia August 1st 1782
Inclosed we have the honor of transmitting to your Excellency a Copy of a Letter from the secretary at War, founded as we hope upon the prospect of active service, in consequence of the Arrival of a french Fleet upon the coast—should they have orders to co’operate with your Excellency, we shall wish for Employment—the more active our station, the more agreable to our wish. Impressed with a proper sense of the favors, & Indulgences received, from you We remain Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Humble Servts
W. S. Smith Lt [Col.]
M. Clarkson Maj.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
War Office July 29th 1782
While I applaud the great Zeal you have manifested in wishing to join the combined forces of France & Spain in the West Indies, when the prospect of military operations in this Country was such as to discourage the hope of active service the present Campaign.
I conceivd it my duty, as it is my inclination, to inform you that there does not at present appear a probability of Offensive operations on the part of the Allies in the West Indies—And, as your services may be required at home, I think you should not be absent without greater assurances, than you have, of being employed abroad. I have the honor to be Gentlemen, your very Obedt Servt