George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Alexander McDougall, 7 May 1776

To Colonel Alexander McDougall

New York May 7. 1776


I received your favor upon the Subject of Rations and agreable to your request have Inclosed a List of Rations allowed the Officers of the Regiments before Boston1—those in service the 1st of July have been allowed from that time, Others appointed to Office since, from the dates of their Commissions.

Having never given any direction about the Officers alluded to, or any Others except those that were immediately under my command I wou’d observe that I do not mean to do It in this instance, as they were acting in a distinct & different district. I am Sir &c.


LB, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See McDougall to GW, 6 May 1776. GW apparently enclosed a copy of the list in the General Orders for 21 Sept. 1775 that shows the number of rations allowed officers of each rank.

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