Partial abstract of 4 Oct 1780 letter from Samuel Smith to Otho H. Williams
  • Smith was anxious to know the fate of Col. Josias C. Hall.
  • Smith has gained from Hall an unfavorable opinion of Horatio Gates.
  • Smith believes Gates should request a trial.
  • Armand passed through recently and compared Gates to Benedict Arnold.
  • Gates has thrown "more lustre" on von Steuben and the Maryland troops.
  • Smith has had long conversation with Josias C. Hall.
  • Smith dismisses the failure of William's enemies to answer William's letter.
  • Smith believes that Williams' job as Adjutant General compensates for any malice from others.
  • Smith hopes that Williams will not resign and expresses opinion that the war will not last long.
Source: Historical Records Survey (Md.), Calendar of the General Otho Holland Williams papers in the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Md., The Maryland Historical records survey project, 1940. Use control-f and search for "[54]"