George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Peter Muhlenberg, 1 March 1779

To Brigadier General Peter Muhlenberg

Head Quarters [Middlebrook] 1st March 1779


The State of Virginia having granted a gratuity of six Months pay to her Officers, and such of her Men as come under the description of the Act for that purpose, of which I inclose you an extract, His Excellency the Governor has requested me to furnish him with Returns specifying the Names and Ranks of the Officers and Names of the non Commd and privates.1 Be pleased therefore to communicate this to the commanding officers of the other Brigades, and desire them [to] direct the pay Master of each Regiment to make out an exact Roll of his Regiment agreeable to the above affixing the pay per Month to each Officer, non Comd Officer and private—As I wish to transmit them to Virginia by the next post, they must be brought in by Thursday.2 I am Sir Yr most obt Servt


Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW apparently is referring to a letter of 9 Jan. from Virginia governor Patrick Henry that has not been found. The enclosed extract of the law granting Virginia officers and soldiers in Continental service six months’ additional pay has not been identified, but for that act, see James Wood to GW, 17 Jan., n.2, and Va. Statutes description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends [Hening], 9:565–67; see also GW to Henry, 7 February.

2The first Thursday after the date of this letter was 4 March. For GW’s submission of the returns from Virginia officers, see his letter to Henry of 6 March, and notes 1 and 2 to that document.

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