. Freeman describes the meeting between the British officer and Joseph Reed. The letter
was simply addressed to George Washington; Americans insisted that it be addressed
to General George Washington. The British officer trying to deliver it claimed that
it had been so addressed because it concerned only “civil,” not military, matters
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015.