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  Letter to Francis Barber, July 9, 1778

George Washington. Letter signed: to Lt. Col. Francis Barber, 1778 July 9. 1 p. + doc. + addr.

July 9: 1778

Dr Sir,

I was this afternoon favoured with your letter of the 8th. Inst. While you are at Elizabeth Town, I wish you to obtain the best intelligence you can from time to time of the Enemy’s situation and [inserted: of] any movements, they may seem to have in view. For this purpose you will employ the persons you mention, or such others as you may judge necessary. Whatever expenses you are at, upon this occasion, will be repaid on the earliest notice.

I am extremely happy to hear your wound is in so favorable a way. I hope it will be better every day. Tho I wish for your services, I would not have you to rejoin the Army before your condition will admit of it, with the most perfect safety.

I am Dr Sir
Yr Most Obed Servt
Go: Washington

[docket] Gen: Washington’s July 9th 1778
[address] (On public service) Lt. Col Barber at Eliza Town
Go: Washington

Notes: The date on the original was at the bottom of the document, but was placed top right of transcription for convention.