George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Alexander McDougall, 6 May 1777

To Brigadier General Alexander McDougall

Headquarters Morris Town 6º May 1777.

Dear Sir,

I must beg the favour of you to look out for a sensible, honest, active, young fellow, well acquainted with Figures, & well qualified to discharge the duties of a Deputy Muster Master—His pay is low, 35 dollars per Month—On discovering such an one, you will be pleased to appoint him, & refer him to the Letter &C. from Colo. Ward that attend this.1 I am Dear Sir Yr most Obed. Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. I wish to have the best Information of ours & the Enemy’s loss at Danbury, as soon as possible.

LS, in George Johnston’s writing, CSmH; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Johnston addressed the cover of the LS to “Brigr Genl McDougall Peck’s kill.”

1The enclosed letter and other documents from Mustermaster Gen. Joseph Ward have not been identified.

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