George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General John Sullivan, 30 December 1777

From Major General John Sullivan

Camp [Valley Forge] 30th Decemr1 1777

Dear General

Several of The General officers of the Army have been with me This morning To Consult upon Some Measure to be pursued Respecting Some Late promotions which have taken place To Their prejudice They are about meeting to make a proper Representation of their Grievances to your Excellencey and To Congress as Soon as may be in the Interim They beg your Excellencey would Defer Announcing in orders any promotions among the General officers which have Lately taken place in Congress2 I have the honor to be with much Respect your Excellenceys most obedt Servt

Jno. Sullivan


1Sullivan inadvertently wrote “30th Decemr 30th” on the manuscript.

2The initial product of the general officers’ consultations on recent promotions was apparently the letter of 31 Dec. from certain general officers to GW; another memorial was sent to Congress on 6 Jan. 1778 (see Sullivan to GW, 2 Jan. 1778, n.1).

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