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  Letter to Alexander Spotswood, December 15, 1779
George Washington. Letter fragment: Morristown, to Alexander Spotswood, 1779 December 15. 2 p.

[inserted – diff. hand: To Genl. A. Spotswod. Fredericksburg]
Morris-town Decr. 15th - 79

Dear Sir,

Your favor of the 21st. of Novr. did not come to hand ‘till the last Post – Mine in the same Month under cover to Mrs. Washington has no doubt been forwarded to you.

I waited in continual expectation of my Nephews return for a good opportunity to send the sorrel, but as he seems to have an inclination to remain longer with the Army I embrace Captn. Burwells offer of taking [inserted: the] horse to you. – He goes from me in very good order, and I have no doubt of his being delivered so to you. –

I will take the horse you had of Lt. Colo. Washington as Men take their Wives – better for worse – [2] and if he should prove a jade and go limping on – I must do as they are obliged to do – make the best of a bad bargain. – Your directions for his winters treatment shall be followed. –

If you should not have succeeded in purchasing the horse you had in view at the time yr. letter of the 21st. was wrote I have only to entreat that you may not put yourself to any trouble in pursuit of one in a hurry, but when you do buy to let your choice light on a good bay – be it horse or Mare – either of which will suit me. –

We have after our disappointment in the intended cooperation with the French-fleet against New-York repaid to the place

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 17, pp. 267-8.