George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Lewis Duboys, 5 August 1776

From Colonel Lewis Duboys

Poughkeepsie [N.Y.]
Augt 5 1776

May it Please Your Excllency

We are as Induistrious as Possible Recruiting men for my Rigiment but we find it Very Difficult Inlisting men now as the one fourth part of the Millitia is to turn Out and such Large Bounty Given for a bout 4 or 5 Months though we Com as Good speed as I Cold Exspect I Wold have sent a Return of the Men Already Inlisted by my Brother only I have been Very unwell for som time but am Now Getting Better and as soon as I am able to Ride I Intend Going Down to New York when I shall Bring ⟨a⟩ Return of them with me—we are purchasing Arms for those we Inlist and wold be Glad to Know where to send them as fast as we Raise them—As my Regiment is to be Enlisted During the war Perhaps your Excellency may allow me to Raise men out of the Millitia if so I think I Cold soon fill my Rigt and go into Imediate service which wold be very agreable to me I wold be Glad if your Excellency wold send By my Brother the Bearer some Money for Recruiting as with out that we Can do but Little.1 I am Your Excellencys Most Obedt Huml. Servent

Lewis Duboys Coll


1Henry Duboys (Dubois; d. 1804), who was the adjutant of his brother’s regiment, received a warrant for $800 from GW on 9 Aug. (Warrant Book no. 1, DLC:GW; see also GW to Lewis Duboys, 9 Aug.). When in November 1776 Lewis Duboys was designated colonel of the 5th New York Regiment, Henry Duboys continued serving as his adjutant. Promoted to captain-lieutenant in September 1778 and to captain in December 1779, Henry Duboys remained with the 5th New York until 1 Jan. 1781 when he transferred to the 2d New York. He resigned his commission in November 1782.

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