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I did myself the honor to write your Excellency on the 26th ultimo, which I sent by the way of Albany. On the 4th instant I received the originals of the inclosed, except that marked Number Two, which came to hand yesterday. It chagrins me much, that I have not more frequent opportunities of ad dressing myself to you.
The army is now supplied with provisions to the 30th instant, but all the pork that is to be had is gone ; and although we have a sufficiency of fat cattle, I fear we shall want salt.
I inclose your Excellency a return of the discharged men from this army. Exclusive of this, one hundred and fifty, at least, occupy the general hospital at Fort George, and I fear as many more are ready to enter it.
I begin to gather strength ; my fever has left me, and I hope soon to be able to join the army. General Wooster's regiment, I suppose, will be this even ing at Fort George ; they will be pushed off immediately on their arrival here.
Be pleased to make my best respects to General Lee, General Gates, and the gentlemen of your suite. I hope we shall all meet at a merry Christmas.
Adieu, my dear General; my best wishes attend you through life, happy if I can have an opportunity of evincing how sincerely I am, dear Sir,
Your most obedient humble servant,
P. S. This moment your Excellency's despatches of the 4th came to hand. Captain Buell waits for this; can therefore only thank you for them.
- 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, Volume I., Jared Sparks, 1853