George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Peters, 2 October 1777

From Richard Peters

War Office York Town [Pa.] Octr 2d 1777


One hundred & eighteen Recruits belonging to the 2d & 4th Virginia & 2d Maryland Regiments were sent off to Day. The Returns I have the Honour to enclose to you. Shoes have been furnished them but they want everything else—As I did not know where the Clothier or Commissary General’s Stores were deposited they are ordered to Reading on a Presumption that the Articles they want have been sent thither. They were so very destitute that it was thought best not to send them to the Army immediately lest they should be more an Incumbrance than otherwise. They are under the Command of a Capt. Calmis of Col: Spotswood’s Regt who is ordered to send to your Excellency to know where they can be equipped.1 When the Clotheir or Commissary Genl become stationary it would be well for them to inform the Board, or perhaps your Excellency will be pleased to appoint some Place for all recruits passing thro’ York or Lancaster to be sent. I have the Honour to be your very obedient Servt

Richard Peters Secy


1Marquis Calmes (1755–1834) of Frederick County, Va., who had become a second lieutenant in the 2d Virginia Regiment in November 1775 and a first lieutenant in February 1776, was commissioned a captain in that regiment in January 1777. Calmes resigned his commission in March 1779 after having been captured and paroled. He was a major of horse in the Frederick County militia in 1780, and he subsequently became county lieutenant.

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