George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons, 1 May 1779

To Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons

Head Quarters Middle Brook 1st May 1779


Your letter of the 25th April has been duly received with its several inclosures.

I am pleased to find every thing wear so much the appearance of preparation for motion.

I shall take immediate measures with Genl Knox to have the deficiencies in the arms, and accoutrements furnished the Troops in your quarter. At the same time I cannot help regreting that so great deficiencies should occur especially in the ⟨latter;⟩ we cannot be too œconomical in the ⟨delivery⟩ of Arms & accoutrements, nor too attentive to prevent these articles from being lost through the carelessness of the Soldier.

According to the present arrangement, and my view of things there will be a necessity of continuing Col. Webbs regiment at Rhode Island, at least for some time.1

I return you Capt. Mattock’s Commission, with my certificate of his resignation indorsed.2

In consequence of the determination of the Court Col. Holdridge is to be released from his arrest.

Although Serjeant Gray’s case is of that kind as to merit serious punishment, yet as it appears by testimony to the Court that there might have been a temporary insanity which led to the commission of the crime; and for the other considerations alledged—I have thought proper to remit the sentence of death. You will give the necessary orders for the payment of the horse &c. I am Sir Your Most Obet Servt

Go: Washington

⟨I have⟩ just now received your letter of the 23d Inst. with the inclosed intelligence.

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, CtY: Franklin Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft and Varick transcript are dated 30 April.

1James McHenry wrote and then crossed out the following additional text at this place on the draft: “I wish as far as practicable to render the situation of corps agreeable and shall be very happy when I have it in my power to comply with your request in the annexation to Col. Webbs to your brigade.”

2GW forgot to enclose the commission, sending it instead with his letter to Parsons of 12 May; see also Parsons to GW, 6 May.

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