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Inventory of the Nathanael Greene Papers, 1775-86
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Subject matter
  • Persons represented by three or more pieces
  • Some important or interesting items
  • Material Cataloged Separately

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nathanael Greene Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1775-86
    Creator: Greene, Nathanael
    Extent: 107 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Two small lots of Greene's letters, together with letters addressed to him, have been combined in one chronological sequence; odd miscellaneous items have been interfiled.
    One group consists of letters to and from General Greene and Robert Morris. The Morris letters to Greene are filed in with the other Morris items ( cf. Robert Morris Collection, supra.) and the Greene-to-Morris letters are in the Nathanael Greene Collection. This correspondence was acquired in 1919, Marsh sale, Anderson Galleries. Another lot, Greene-Henry Lee correspondence, was purchased through George D. Smith. Miscellaneous items came from the American Art Association, the Anderson Galleries, Maggs Brothers, and others.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nathanael Greene Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Subject matter

    • A. The American Revolution: military correspondence
      • 1. Current events, activities of Congress, etc.
      • 2. Southern campaign,
        Date: 1781-84
        • a. Operations of General Greene's army
        • b. Subsistence and pay of the army
    • B. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Lee's resignation from the Continental Army

    Persons represented by three or more pieces

    Greene, Nathanael
    47 pieces
    Kosciuszko, Thaddeus
    3 pieces
    Lee, Henry
    12 pieces
    Marion, Francis
    3 pieces

    Some important or interesting items

    • Greene, Nathanael. Letter to Silas Deane "... You did me the honor to write me by General Arnold upon the subject of his tryal.... I agree with you in sentiment that it is a very discouraging circumstance to officers in public Service to see that years of hard duty, constant fatigue, and perpetual danger, can be so soon forgotten... and that a little error either real or imaginary is sufficient to erase the very remembrance of the most important service." New Windsor,
      Date: July 4, 1779
    • Pettit, Charles. Letter to General Greene "... Capt. Paul Jones is at length arrived in 8 Weeks from france.... He has probably brought a supply of Arms, but I believe no Cloathing. He had a mutinous crew of british Seamen many of whom he has brought in hoppled, & I am told it required great vigilance & care to bring the ship to this port instead of new York...." [Philadelphia],
      Date: Feb. 18, 1781
    • Greene, Nathanael. Letter to Horatio Gates "... Since we parted this country has undergone a variety of changes. We have fought frequently, and bled freely. Fortune has not been our friend. At Camden not far from the ground where you fought Lord Cornwallis we met with a repulse by Lord Rawdon.... How cruel fortune, how uncertain Military fame. The repulse mingled our misfortunes together and as ours was last it drew a veil over yours...."
      Date: Oct. 5, 1781
    • Greene, Nathanael. Letter to Henry Lee "... I have beheld with extreme anxiety for sometime a growing discontent in your mind.... Whatever may be the source of your wounds I wish it was in my power to heal them.... I am far from agreeing with you in opinion that the public will not do you justice.... I believe few officers either in America or Europe are held in higher estimation...."
      Date: [Jan. 28, 1782]
    • Lee, Henry. Letter to General Greene "... The ceremony of parting from you & my friends in the army is so affecting that I wish to decline it personally & I hope you will consider me as you always have experienced me your devoted friend. Whenever you think me necessary to you, I will come at the risk of everything in this world.... I pray most fervently for your glory & happiness...."
      Date: Feb. 13, 1782
    • Greene, Nathanael. Letter in reply to Robert Morris's of Mar. 14, 1783 ( supra) "... You and everybody else must and will suffer obloquy who serve the public. It is a tax which every one must pay for eminence in public life. Bear it with dignity and despise what is neither just or true."
      Date: Apr. 20, 1783
    • Kosciuszko, Thaddeus. Letter to General Greene "... Do write me my dear General of the Situation of your Country because I heard many bad things; however when our King have asked me I gave him the best description I could.... As to myself am in good health, something riches, and well as I am, so much am attached to your Country, that I would fly this very moment even in the Baloon to embrace you could I obtain honorable rank in your Country's Army...." Warsaw,
      Date: Jan. 20, 1786

    Material Cataloged Separately

    Only contemporary material has been included in this series of reports (unless otherwise noted). However, it seems advisable to call attention here to another Greene collection in the Huntington Library consisting of over 2,600 nineteenth-century copies of Greene's correspondence. These were gathered from many sources, public and private, by George Washington Greene for publication purposes, but were never used.