Washington. Autograph letter
signed: Camp near Pottsgrove, to Bryan Fairfax, 1777 Sept. 25.
2 p. + address leaf.
of seeing the bearer again, I wrote an answer to your favour from the Conestoga
Waggon (without date) yesterday; and put it into the hands of a Man who
faithfully promised to deliver it – since w[h]en your own Messenger has called
upon me, & that you may have two chances of getting my passport to the Camp,
you will receive one under this cover.
my Letter of yesterday I assurd you, and assurd you with truth, that the
difference in our political Sentiments had made no change in my friendship for
you. I esteem, and revere, every
man who acts from principle as I am persuaded you do; and shall ever contribute
my aid to facilitate any Inclination you  may wish to endulge, as I am
satisfied that that honr. which I have ever found you scrupulously observant of,
will never be departed from. I
shall add no more, because in the first place, I have very little leizure, &
on the next, because I conceive it unnecessary to multiply words to prove that
with sincere regard
am D[ea]r Sir
Most Obed[ien]t & Aff[ectionat]e
Bryan Fairfax Esqr.
Colo. Thompsons at the Conestoga Waggon
a Passport to Travel to the Camp
Notes: Unpublished. Bryan
Fairfax was Washington’s life-long friend.
He supported anti-British sentiment in 1774 because he opposed the use of
force in resisting the crown.