George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Edward Wigglesworth, 26 February 1779

To Colonel Edward Wigglesworth

Head Quarters Middlebrook 26th feby 1779


I received your letter of the 11th Inst. yesterday.

Your former letter reached me in Philadelphia,1 but as the arrangement had not come to my hand I delayed returning you an answer.

The arrangement is sent forward2 to Peeks kill, at which place a deputation of officers from Genl Glovers Brigade will be ordered to attend to prefer claims, and for its final revisal.3

I have referred your letter for leave to resign to Congress; as soon as I receive their determination, I shall transmit it,4 (and should it be accepted) accompany it, with testimonials of your services, however I may regret the loss of a valuable officer. I am sir Your very hble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, sold by James Lowe Autographs, Ltd., New York, N.Y., catalog no. 27, item 246, February 1985; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2At this place on the draft manuscript, McHenry wrote and then struck out the words “in a few days.”

3GW enclosed a copy of the arrangement of the Massachusetts line in his letter to Alexander McDougall of 25 February.

4GW had enclosed Wigglesworth’s letters to him of 4 Jan. and 11 Feb. in his letter to John Jay of 24 February. For Congress’s acceptance of Wigglesworth’s resignation request, see Jay to GW, 2 March (second letter) and 12 March, and GW to Wigglesworth, 11 and 19 March (see also JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 13:302).

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