The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 11

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 11

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 11

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 11

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*To THE COMMITTEE OF CONGRESS

Valley-forge, March 1, 1778.

Gentlemen: As I do not recollect your determination respecting the resolve of Congress, in the case of Woodford &ca. Mr. Harrison waits upon you for that purpose; and to explain the matter so far as it relates to Weedon and Scott.

By him you will receive the proposals for collecting Cavalry. I also send, for your perusal, a Letter &ca. just received from Genl. Howe; which shews in a very conspicuous point of view, the advantage we give him, by suffering one power to counteract another; and taking things up through improper Channels, and upon hasty information, which was the case of that given by Mr. Boudinot.

Will Putnam, or Heath do for the Command at Rhode Island? If not, it is hard to furnish Tools that cannot be used, and yet expect work from them.

The appointment of Genl Officers cannot be delayed without injuring the Service. Our arrangements will be the more imperfect, and we less fit for the field, the longer they are delayed; however, as these are matters that cannot have escaped the

Lieut. Col. Robert Hanson Harrison.

The rank dispute between these generals.

The draft, in Washington’s writing, was first written: “tis hard to give me Tools I cannot work with, and expect nevertheless that business must be done.”

First written, “that must strike.”

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