In the winter of 1777, the Continental Congress military committee gave Gouverneur Morris an assignment: Visit General Washington at Valley Forge and report on the condition of the army. Lodged at headquarters with Washington, Hamilton, and Lafayette, Morris developed a plan to bring in supplies and alleviate the “naked, starving condition, out of health, out of spirits.”
Richard Brookhiser is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and the author of Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution. Dale Gregory (moderator) is Vice President for Public Programs at the New-York Historical Society.
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