George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Theodorick Bland, 1 February 1778

From Colonel Theodorick Bland

Farmindell [N.J.] Feby 1st 1778


As My Regt was destitute of a Paymaster when I quitted Camp, from the Resignation of Mr Joseph Egglestone who Resigned with Yr Excellencys Permission, I have taken the Liberty, to propose Mr Duncan Rose, who is now on his way to Camp & has promised me that he will make what haste he can to arrive there soon, to fill that post; he is a Gentn whose firm attachment to the American Interest, whose abilities & integrity have been long known to me, & are so generally known in this Country, that I shd think it almost needless to mention them to yr Excy, were I certain that he was personally known to you.1 Col: Mead & many others of the Principal Officers from this state are well acquainted with him & I doubt not can give yr Excy such an account of him as will render him an Eligible person to supply the Vacancy to which he is now recommended by Yr most obedt Svt

Theok Bland


1Joseph Eggleston (1754–1811) of Amelia County, Va., a student at the College of William and Mary from 1773 until his graduation in 1776, had been appointed paymaster of Bland’s 1st Continental Light Dragoons in March 1777 and resigned in November of that year. In April 1778 Eggleston became a lieutenant and paymaster of Henry Lee’s newly formed light partisan corps; he was promoted to captain in September 1779 and subsequently became a major of Lee’s corps. Eggleston later served as a member of the Virginia privy council and house of delegates, and from 1798 until 1801 he was a Republican delegate to Congress. Duncan Rose of Dinwiddie County, Va., apparently never took up the position suggested by Bland. In the spring of 1778 he served as an agent for the purchase of clothing and other supplies for the Virginia Continental regiments, and then as an auditor of Virginia public accounts.

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