Letter from William Duer to Nathanael Greene

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    [William Duer to Nathanael Greene August 27, 1779 [RvW Box 2 Folder 54; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Dear Sir, I return you many Thanks for the Trouble you have taken in forwarding my two last Letters, as well as for your kind Congratulations on my Marriage. You call it happy, and I have daily fresh Reason to think it so. That you, and the rest of our Freinds [sic] were prevented from testifying at an Earlier Period the Interest you have in our happiness was owing to some Peculiar Circumstances, which at a future Period [struck through] Time I will Explain to you. The Spirit of Enterprise so imenously [sic] displayed by our Army at Stoney Point, and on the late occasion at Paulus' Hooks [for the Communication of which receive my Thanks] cannot fail to intimidate our Enemies, whilst it gives heartfelt Joy to every true American. I flatter myself that the Conviction which this must impress of the Point of Discipline to which the Troops are arrived, and the late Signal Success of our Allies the French, will bring to Reason a Nation [?] to haughty, and Confident of Success, to listen to the mild Voice of Peace. I sincerely wish it not only for the Sake of human Nature; but, because I am afraid from the present political Complexion of our affairs, that the several Constitutions which the different States have formed with so much Wisdom, and Care, may be subverted, and that after a Severe Contention, and the most horrid Anarchy, the Liberty for which so many have struggled both in Council and the Feild [sic], may become a Quietim [Quietism] to our own Contentions [struck through] factious Dissentions – You see I venture to breath the Spirit of Peace even to a Soldier, not being yet a Convert to the Doctrine, which some have sedulously endeavored to inculcate, that in that Character the Idea of a Citisen [sic] of America has been lost – Lady Kitty requests your acceptance of her thanks for your Polite, and freindly [sic] Remembrance, and requests the favor of you to forward the Enclosed to her Mama. I have to ask the same favor [End Page 1] of you with a Letter which for Colo. [Colonel] Wl: Livingston at Mr. Lotts at BeverWyck, and am with Unfeignd Esteem Your Obliged, [and] Affectionate Hble. [Humble] Servt. [Servant] Wm. [William] Duer Major Genl. [General] Greene. Rhnybeck Aug.t 27th. 1779 [Endorsed to the side of above:] Wm. [William] Duer Septr. 1779 [Endorsed in the left margin:] From Wm. [William] Duer – 27th Augt: 1779 [End Page 2]
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    [William Duer to Nathanael Greene August 27, 1779 [RvW Box 2 Folder 54; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Dear Sir, I return you many Thanks for the Trouble you have taken in forwarding my two last Letters, as well as for your kind Congratulations on my Marriage. You call it happy, and I have daily fresh Reason to think it so. That you, and the rest of our Freinds [sic] were prevented from testifying at an Earlier Period the Interest you have in our happiness was owing to some Peculiar Circumstances, which at a future Period [struck through] Time I will Explain to you. The Spirit of Enterprise so imenously [sic] displayed by our Army at Stoney Point, and on the late occasion at Paulus' Hooks [for the Communication of which receive my Thanks] cannot fail to intimidate our Enemies, whilst it gives heartfelt Joy to every true American. I flatter myself that the Conviction which this must impress of the Point of Discipline to which the Troops are arrived, and the late Signal Success of our Allies the French, will bring to Reason a Nation [?] to haughty, and Confident of Success, to listen to the mild Voice of Peace. I sincerely wish it not only for the Sake of human Nature; but, because I am afraid from the present political Complexion of our affairs, that the several Constitutions which the different States have formed with so much Wisdom, and Care, may be subverted, and that after a Severe Contention, and the most horrid Anarchy, the Liberty for which so many have struggled both in Council and the Feild [sic], may become a Quietim [Quietism] to our own Contentions [struck through] factious Dissentions – You see I venture to breath the Spirit of Peace even to a Soldier, not being yet a Convert to the Doctrine, which some have sedulously endeavored to inculcate, that in that Character the Idea of a Citisen [sic] of America has been lost – Lady Kitty requests your acceptance of her thanks for your Polite, and freindly [sic] Remembrance, and requests the favor of you to forward the Enclosed to her Mama. I have to ask the same favor [End Page 1] of you with a Letter which for Colo. [Colonel] Wl: Livingston at Mr. Lotts at BeverWyck, and am with Unfeignd Esteem Your Obliged, [and] Affectionate Hble. [Humble] Servt. [Servant] Wm. [William] Duer Major Genl. [General] Greene. Rhnybeck Aug.t 27th. 1779 [Endorsed to the side of above:] Wm. [William] Duer Septr. 1779 [Endorsed in the left margin:] From Wm. [William] Duer – 27th Augt: 1779 [End Page 2]
Title:
Letter from William Duer to Nathanael Greene
Creator:
Duer, William, 1747-1799
Date:
1779-08-27
Description:
Letter from William Duer to Nathanael Greene expressing his joy over his new marriage, concern over the political climate of the states, and request to forward a few letters.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Duer, William, 1747-1799--Correspondence, Duer, William, 1747-1799, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Correspondence, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military service, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military leadership, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.