June 9th, 1782, Philadelphia.
You have laid me under great obligations by your favor of the second of May. A correspondence with you was an event more wished for than expected, as I know your constant hurry of business; but, your politeness in beginning the matter has very sensibly affected me.
I have had many anxious hours about the army under your command. It seems to be decreed that you are to have a procession of evils to encounter. Ifo sooner have you confined the enemy to the environs of the capital than mutiny and discontent make their appearance. I know your army has a long list of grievances unredressed; but, if you had a battle every month, and a skirmish every week, there would be less danger of mutiny.
We have had a great deal of talk about supplying the Southern army, and I hope some good will result from it. I agree with you that the powers of Congress are
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