George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Steuben, 5 March 1779

From Major General Steuben

Philadelphia 5th March 1779


Your Excellencys obliging favor of 26 Ulto was handed me by Cap. Walker with the first part of the Regulations for the Exercise of the Infantry.

I am much obliged by your Excellencys remarks on that Manuscript which I have corrected agreable thereto, and that it may not be defficient in perspicuity and correctness of diction I have submitted it to the Correction of a Gentleman in Town in order to its being renderd fit for the press—indeed part is already corrected and before your Excellency receives this the whole will be finished.1

I would wish to know your Excellencys sentiments, in what manner and under what Title this work should be given to the Army and submit, wether it would not be proper that before it is submitted to Congress your Excellencys approbation of it should be signified to them.2

So soon as I receive the second part, no time shall be lost in giving it the necessary Corrections, and should I receive it soon I doubt not the whole may be Compleated before the opening of the Campaign. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys most Obedt Servt


LS, DLC:GW. Tench Tilghman docketed the manuscript in part: “Ansd 11th” (see GW to Steuben, 11 March).

1These corrections may have been made by Timothy Pickering, to whom Steuben entrusted the task of correcting the printer’s proofs after he left Philadelphia to rejoin the army sometime in April (see Steuben to GW, 31 March).

2For GW’s approval of Steuben’s regulations and suggestion of a title, see GW to John Jay and GW to Steuben, both 11 March.

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