The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

To Colonel Pierce Butler


Your letter of the 13th I have had the pleasure of receiving.
The little opportunity I had to form an acquaintance with you at General Washingtons has left but a faint remembrance of your person. However I perfectly remember your name & charactor & should be equally happy with your self in an opportunity of renewing the acquaintance; and am very sorry that your ill state of health deprives me of that pleasure.
I would forward you a flag agreeable to your request; but I think it will be necessary to obtain a passport from the Enemy before you send the flag. This is the mode we have pursued to the Northward and I think it the only safe one for you to [a]dopt to get out your family from Charlestown; especially if you expect to bring out your property within the enemies Lines. I am with good wishes for your better health

your Most Obedient humble Sr

N Greene

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