Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 3

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Author: Nathanael Greene

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From Major-General Greene.

Head Quarters, St. Paul’s Parish, 7 February, 1782.

SIR,

Your Excellency’s letter of the 29th of December, came to hand yesterday. The reënforcement you mention has not arrived, and I hope they are gone to another quarter. I got intelligence of the preparation making in New York, and of the opinion of their being destined to Charleston. But whether they went to some other quarter, or the small reënforcement mentioned in my last was what gave rise to the report, I am unable to say.

In your Excellency’s instructions to correspond with Count Rochambeau, you did not tell me whether I was to request aid of him in cases of emergency. However, my apprehensions were so great, and the consequences appeared to me so fatal to this country, I made application, without hesitation; and I should be glad to know your mind on the subject, by which I shall govern my conduct in future. I see little prospect of getting any reënforcements from Virginia, as will appear by the Governor’s letter. The State conceive themselves ill-treated, and, however groundless it may be, it will operate greatly to our prejudice for a time. Colonel Carrington is gone to Congress, to represent several matters, which claim immediate attention. I wish no disagreeable disputes may happen from the present uneasiness and discontent prevailing in Virginia, from a persuasion that the Northern States are treated with more delicacy than she is. I fear the Financier-General will have a hard task to steer clear of suspicions of partiality. Colonel Carrington will represent to your Excellency our apprehensions of fixing the laboratory at Richmond, and our wishes for having it at New London.

Inclosed are the returns of the Pennsylvania line, agreeably to your Excellency’s direction. Those of Maryland and Delaware are transmitted to the Governors of those States. That of Virginia shall be also sent, as soon as it can be had. The absence of Colonel White’s regiment of dragoons in Georgia is the reason of its delay; however, the infantry of that State with this army amount to not more than sixty men. In a very few days I will have the honor of transmitting to you exact returns of the operating force serving under my command in the Southern department. I am, with the greatest regard,

Your Excellency’s most obedient, humble servant,

NATHANAEL GREENE.

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Chicago: Nathanael Greene, "From Major-General Greene.," Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 3 in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. Jared Sparks (Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1853), 476–477. Original Sources, accessed February 25, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9QTXX3WN4U1EX8J.

MLA: Greene, Nathanael. "From Major-General Greene." Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 3, in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, edited by Jared Sparks, Vol. 3, Freeport, NY, Books for Libraries Press, 1853, pp. 476–477. Original Sources. 25 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9QTXX3WN4U1EX8J.

Harvard: Greene, N, 'From Major-General Greene.' in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 3. cited in 1853, Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. , Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, NY, pp.476–477. Original Sources, retrieved 25 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9QTXX3WN4U1EX8J.