Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To JOSEPH REED Cambridge, October 30, 1775.

    Dear Sir: After you left this yesterday, Mr. Tudor 61 presented me with the enclosed. As there may be some observations worthy of notice, I forward it to you, that it may be presented to Congress; but I would have his remarks upon the frequency of general courts martial considered with some degree of caution, for although the nature of his office affords him the best opportunity of discovering the imperfections of the present Rules and Regulations for the Army, yet a desire of lessening his own trouble may induce him to transfer many matters from a general court martial, where he is the principal actor, to regimental courts where he has nothing to do. I do not know that this is the case, but as it may be, I think it ought not to be lost sight of.

[Note:William Tudor, Judge Advocate General of the Continental Army. ]

    In your conference with Mr. Bache, 62 be so good as to ask him whether the two posts which leave Philadelphia for the southward, both go through Alexandria, and if only one, which of them it is, the Tuesday's or Saturday's, that I may know how to order my letters from this place.

[Note:Richard Bache, Assistant Postmaster General. ]

    My letter to Colonel Harrison, 63 on the subject we were speaking of, is inclosed, and open for your perusal; put a wafer

[Note:Benjamin Harrison, Virginia Delegate to the Continental Congress. ]

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under it and make what use you please of it. Let me know by the post or *** what the world says of men and things. My compliments to Mrs. Reed, and with sincere regard, I remain, &c. 64

[Note:The text is from Reed's Life and Correspondence of Joseph Reed. Sparks had the original letters in his possession, a loan from William B. Reed, at the time he was preparing his Writings of Washington. He wrote that these letters were "the most perfect I had ever seen from his [Washington's] pen. They were evidently written in great haste, in perfect confidence, and without any thought that they would ever be published." ]