George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Theodorick Bland, 20 August 1779

To Colonel Theodorick Bland

Head Quarters West point 20th Augt 1779

Dear Sir

Your favr of the 26th June,1 which was handed to me by the Board of War,2 did not reach me till this day. I hope the timely discovery of the intended Mutiny of the Guards—the infliction of punishment, tho’ light, upon the delinquents—but above all the supply of those necessaries, the want of which seems to have been the principal cause of discontent, will prevent any future disturbances. It is not in my power, circumstanced as I am, to afford any Reinforcement to your Guard, were the occasion ever so pressing. I would therefore advise you, should you find a necessity for a greater number to apply to the State, who may perhaps think it more preferable to order up part of the new state Regiments than to call out Militia.3 I am &c.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This letter has not been found.

2GW is referring to the Board of War’s letter to him of 9 Aug., which has not been found (see GW to the Board of War, 21 Aug. [first letter]).

3Virginia continued to rely on militia to reinforce the under-strength battalion of guards at the Albemarle Barracks (see Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Huntington, 16 Nov. 1779, Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends 3:191–92).

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