George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 21 October 1783

Philadelphia 21st Octr 1783

Dear Sir

Having been reduced to a situation very disagreeable to me indeed by having an action brought against me for a debt which ought long since to have been paid by the publick, & which was only suspended being carried into Court by my pledging my honour to settle it before I went out of Town, I have been and am unable to leave this place or I had long since paid my Respects your Excellency. I however momentarily Expect to be relieved by a sum of money I have a prospect of ?, but it is with anxiety & concern I find my self compell’d to divest my self of my private resources for Debts not my own, & With thousands due to me from my [   ] to be almost in a state of absolute want. I [compassionate] however rather than Blame the Publick I should not trouble your Excellency with my perplexities.Who I know in the common cause have so many of your own, but to Explain to you why I am here, to whom my inclination would lead me were duty out of the Question to Account for my Actions. This will be delivered you Sir by Major Haskill who will give you particulars relative Either to [ illegible or] send on to me I am Dear Sir with Respect & affection your Excellency’s most Obt hum. servt

Robt Howe

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