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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
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 20 January 2018]