| TRANSCRIPT GLC 1479
George Washington. Autograph letter signed: Mount Vernon, to
Benjamin Lincoln, 1786 Nov. 7. 1 p.
Mount Vernon. 7 Novr. 1786.
My dear Sir,
I have, I think, seen your name mentioned as President of
the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Massachusetts.
For this reason I give you the trouble of the enclosed address.
I hope your wishes were fully accomplished in your Eastern
trip. Are your people getting mad? Are we to have the goodly
fabrick that eight years were spent in rearing pulled over
our heads? What is the cause of all these commotions? When
& how is it to end?
I need not repeat to you how much
I am My dear Sir
Yr. Most Obedt. & Affecte.
Notes: Fitzpatrick. Writings of Washington.29: 58-59. In 1778
Congress appointed Lincoln to command the South Department
in South Carolina, neglecting to consult Washington first.
Lincoln failed to prevent the British seizure of Savannah.
Benjamin Lincoln served as the nations first secretary at
war until 1783