George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Virginia Field Officers, 19 May 1779

To the Virginia Field Officers

Head Qrs [Middlebrook] May 19: 1779


I have received Your report on the claims of John Allison and John Lee Esquires to the Lieutenant Colonelcy in the first Virginia State Regiment,1 and am exceedingly sorry the Board have been so concise in their proceedings. I must request that they will not only state their opinion of the parties rights, which they have done; but that they will give a summary, of the grounds on which they founded their claims. I mean to transmit the proceedings to the Governor & Council who must ultimately decide on the case, and therefore wish them to be more full than they are—and also that all the Members of the Court sign them; and that they may be returned as soon as possible, as I would willingly forward them by next post, if no Opportunity offers before.2 I am Gentn with great esteem Yr Most Obet sert


Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The letter was addressed to colonels Christian Febiger, William Davies, and John Green; lieutenant colonels Burgess Ball and Thomas Gaskins; and majors Samuel Jordan Cabell, Thomas Posey, and David Stephenson.

1The enclosed report, which GW had requested in general orders on 11 May, has not been identified.

2GW sent the officers’ revised report, which has not been identified, to Patrick Henry on 9 June (DLC:GW).

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