George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General William Smallwood et al., 21 May 1779

To Brigadier General William Smallwood et al.

Head Qrs [Middlebrook] May 21: 1779


I have the Honor of transmitting you a Copy of the Arrangement of the Field Officers in your line by the Board of General Officers—and of the Captains Lieutenants &c. &c. by the Committee appointed for the purpose—both of which are confirm’d;1 and I have to request that you will digest the whole regimentally as soon as possible and return the arrangement to me that it may be sent to the Board of War to issue Commissions upon it.2 You will make the arrangement as complete as you can, by filling up the Vacancies which have happened—with the Officers entitled to succeed to them and the dates the Commissions should bear. I have sent you Copies of some former Regimental arrangements, which may assist you in the business.3 It will be well to Number the Officers—as it [was] done in the two arrangements sent, which will always determine their precedence. You will be pleased to return me all the Papers again. I have the Honor to be with great respect & regard Gentn Yr Most Obedt sert

Go: Washington

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The letter was addressed to Smallwood, Brig. Gen. Mordecai Gist, Col. Otho Holland Williams, Lt. Cols. Peter Adams and Thomas Woolford, and Majs. John Eager Howard and John Stewart.

1The enclosed arrangements have not been identified, but for a discussion of the settlement of rank in the Maryland line, see GW to Otho Holland Williams et al., 10 May, and notes 2 and 5 to that document; see also GW to a Board of General Officers, 20 May.

2No response from the officers has been found, but see GW to Thomas Johnson, 28 May, and to the Board of War, 30 May.

3The enclosed copies of arrangements have not been identified.

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