George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Benjamin Tallmadge, 10 December 1782

Head Quarters Newburgh Decr 10th 1782

Dear Sir

I received your favor of the 8th last evening by Express—’Tho you have not met with the success you deserved, & probably would have obtained had the Enterprize proceeded, yet I cannot but think your whole conduct in the affair was such as ought to entitle you still more to my confidence & esteem—for however it may be the practice of the world, & those who see objects but partially or thro’ a false medium to consider that only as meritorious which is attended with success, I have accustomed myself to judge of human actions very differently, and to appreciate them, by the manner in which they are conducted, more than by the Event; which, it is not in the power human foresight or prudence to command—In this point of view, I find nothing irreparable, and little to occasion of serious regret, except the Wound of the gallant Capt. Brewster, from which I earnestly hope he may recover—Another time you will have less opposition from Winds & Weather; & success will amply compensate for this little disappointment.

I have almost determined to post you with the Infantry of the Legion contiguous to the Sound; in which case I shall expect you to persevere in your endeavours to keep me perfectly advised of the State of the Enemy—And perhaps some favourable Moment may yet occur. I am Dear Sir with sincere regd & esteem.

P.S. Your Letter of the 5th with the enclosures were safely delivered to me.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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