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Letter from Alexander Leslie to Nathanael Greene
Leslie, Alexander, ca. 1740-1794
January 27, 1781
Volume 16, Page 179

TO GEN. GREENE FROM GEN. ALEX LESLIE.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Head Quarters Camp, 27th Jan., 1782.

Sir:

I am convinced you would never intentionally give any encouragement or countenance to the violation of a parole, tho’ the person acting so contrary to the character of a gentleman had some excuse to palliate his conduct. I flatter myself, Sir, you are so sensible of the great impropriety, not to give it a harsher appellation of Governor Burke’s conduct, that you will immediately order him to return and deliver himself up to the Commissary of prisoners in Charlestown, where he will be assured of every protection.

The reason Mr. Burke has attempted to advance in his vindication being so totally chimerical, that I cannot give the smallest credit to them, nor consider them as motives for his conduct.

I am, Sir, &c.,
(Signed)
ALEX. LESLIE.