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Letter from Anthony Wayne to John Jay [Extract]
Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796
August 10, 1779
Volume 14, Page 337

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GEN. ANTHONY WAYNE TO PRES'T JOHN JAY.
[State Dep't. “Letters of Generals,” &c., Book No. 161, p. 221.]

West Point, 10th August, 1779.

Sir:

“Your very polite note of the 17th ultimo, with the extract of an Act of Congress, I have just now rec'd. The Honorable manner in which that respectable body have been pleased to express their approbation of my conduct in the enterprise on Stoney Point must be very flattering to a young soldier; but whilst I experience every sensation arising from a consciousness of having used my best endeavours to carry the orders of my General into execution, I feel much hurt that I did not, in my letter to him of the 17th July, mention (among other brave & worthy officers) the names of Lieut. Col. Sherman, Majors Hall, Murfree and Posey, whose good conduct & intrepidity entitled them to that attention. Permit me, therefore, thro' your Excellency, to do them that justice now which the state of my wound diverted me from in the first instance.”

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“I will only beg to add that every officer & soldier belonging to the Light Corps discovered a zeal & Intrepidity that did & ever will secure success.”

I am, with every sentiment of esteem,
Your Excellency's most obd't huml. Serv't,
ANTY. WAYNE.
His Excellency, John Jay, Pres't of Congress.