George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Christopher Greene, 30 July 1779

To Colonel Christopher Greene

Head Quarters West Point July 30th 1779


A variety of indispensible business has hitherto suspended my answer to your letter of the 7th of May. With respect to the arrangement you propose for your regiment, the matter had been previously determined on the former arrangement and the commissions issued by the board of war.1

Though I should be happy to do every thing in my power for the relief of a deserving and unfortunate officer; yet I have no authority to comply with the reques⟨t⟩ you make, in favour of Captain Arnold— There is a provision made for officers disabled in the service; but this does not extend to full pay, unless they enter into the invalid corps— This, I imagine, Capt. Arnold may do if he thinks proper; but if he does not, he can only be intitled to the provision made by Congress.2 I am with regard Sir Your most Obedt servt.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Mutilated material is supplied in angle brackets from the Varick transcript.

1At this place on the draft manuscript, Hamilton wrote and then struck out: “which, I believe have been already transmitted.”

For the approval of the arrangement of the Rhode Island line by the Board of War, see Peter Scull to GW, 15 April.

2Capt. Thomas Arnold of Greene’s 1st Rhode Island Regiment had lost his right leg at the Battle of Monmouth on 28 June 1778. For Congress’s partial-pay provisions for officers disabled while in service, see JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 5:702–5, 12:953–54.

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