George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Jedediah Huntington, 25 March 1777

From Colonel Jedediah Huntington

Norwich [Conn.] 25 March 1777

In Obedience to your Excellencie’s Order of the 12th March I send a Return of my Regiment,1 am sorry it rises no higher, I could go out of Service with more Cheerfullness than I cam into it or make any other Sacrafice to accelerate this important Business—Major Sill will march with a Division of my Regiment as soon as they are able—the Men are but just leaving the Hospital—many of them had the Small Pox severely—three or four died, owing, I believe, to the Badness of the Physick—the Physicians are now better furnished.

The Officers & Men of my late Regiment who were taken on Long Island are applying for Pay for their Arms Cloaths &C. lost in Action & taken by the Enemy—many came out of Captivity with the Small Pox & were put to great Expence—they ask for a Compensation with a good Countenance because the Assembly of this State have made it to their Militia & New Levies in like Circumstances (whether prudent or not I pretend not to say).

I shall not be at Head Quarters so soon as I hoped and Applications on this Head being importunate I could wish to hear from your Excellency what may be expected from the Continent on these Accounts. I am, with the highest Esteem & Respect Your Excellencies most obedt Servant

Jed. Huntington


1For GW’s orders to Huntington, see his Circular to the Colonels of Various Continental Regiments, 12 March. Huntington’s return has not been identified.

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