George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Michael Jackson, 11 August 1779

To Colonel Michael Jackson

Head Qrs West Point Augus[t] 11th 1779


Colo. Meade has shewn me your letter concerning Doctor Scot.1 It appears by Doctor Cockrans certificate that he was regularly appointed and as by the establishment of the medical department, the appointment and dismission of the Regimental surgeons belong to the Surgeon General,2 and the New arrangement was not intended to include these, he could not have been regularly superseded. He is therefore still to be considered as preserving his station in the Regiment till some further measures can be taken in the affair: But as you represent him to be unqualified for his office I shall direct Doctor Cochran to have him examin’d and retaind or dismis’d as his qualifications may justify.3 I am sir your most Ob. servant.

Df, in George Augustine Washington’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This letter has not been identified.

Calvin Scott (1754–1809), of Palmer, Mass., after serving as surgeon’s mate in a Middlesex County militia regiment from September to November 1776, had been appointed surgeon’s mate of Jackson’s 8th Massachusetts Regiment in January 1778. He left the army at the end of August 1779.

2See 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 7:234–36.

3No letter on this topic from GW to John Cochran, physician and surgeon general of the middle department, has been found.

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