George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Temple, 27 July 1779

To Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Temple

West point July the 27th 1779


Mr Harrison has shewn me your Letter of the 19th, which only came to his hands by Yesterday’s post.1

I shall have no objection to your coming to the General Court in October for the reasons you mention—nor to your proceeding afterwards to Head Qrs to adjust & settle your Accounts, if the situation of affairs and the circumstance of the Regiment in point of Officers will admit of it.

You have inclosed a Commission, by which you rank from the 31st of March 1777, according to the date of your Old One.2

I am concerned that the Officers of the Regiment are reduced to the alternative you mention. They must be permitted to use the public Horses for the present as an Expedient to prevent a greater evil. I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Sert

G. Washington

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft manuscript is addressed to “Colo. Temple of Blands Dragoons charles Town.”

1Temple’s letter, which probably was addressed to GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison, has not been identified.

2This enclosure has not been identified.

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