George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Ellery, 14 February 1779

From William Ellery

Philadelphia Febry 14th 1779


I very lately received a letter from Col. Greene inclosing an arrangement of his battalion. Agreeably to his request I laid it before the board of war, and am informed that the papers respecting it were transmitted to your excellency. This, and the finishing the arrangement of the Army being committed to you, render it, I presume, not improper that I should inclose both the letter and arrangement to you, as I now do,1 and am with great respect Yr Excellys most obedt hble Servt

William Ellery

ALS, NNPM: Signers of the Declaration of Independence. GW did not receive this letter until 21 April (see GW to Ellery, 22 April, DLC:GW).

1Col. Christopher Greene’s arrangement for his 1st Rhode Island Regiment and his covering letter to Ellery have not been identified. Peter Scull had sent the papers regarding the new arrangement of the Continental army to GW on 10 February. For the arrangement of the two Rhode Island regiments, see GW to John Sullivan, 22 Feb.; GW to Peter Scull, 4 April; Scull to GW, 13 April, DLC:GW; GW to Ellery, 22 April, DLC:GW; and Rhode Island Delegates to William Greene, 1 June 1779, in Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 13:8–10.

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