George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Richardson Davie, 28 December 1798

To William Richardson Davie

Mount Vernon Decr 28th 1798


Your Letters, on the subject of Candidates and proper characters for military appointments in the State of North Carolina, were received when I was in Philadelphia, where I have lately been, at the request of the Secretary of war, to make arrangements for the organization of the additional Army about to be raised. While on this business, in conjuction with Major Generals Hamilton and Pinckney, it was thought best, from the want of knowledge of proper Characters in the three Southern States, to postpone a selection of Military Officers from them, until General Pinckney should go there, and, upon the spot, with the aid of yourself and Brigadier General Washington, point out such Characters as shall be distinguished for their qualifications, and who would be willing to serve.

Major General Pinckney, who will do me the favor to hand this letter to you, now goes on, charged with the Military arrangements in the Southern States, and will pay particular attention to this business, in which I am persuaded he will receive from you all the information and assistance that it may be in your power to give.1 With sentiments of Consideration and Esteem, I am, Sir, your most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, Nc-Ar; Df, DLC:GW. Both copies are in Tobias Lear’s hand.

1On 24 Oct. GW sent Governor Davie a list of the field officers serving in the North Carolina line at the close of the Revolutionary War and a list of the North Carolinians who were now applying for or being recommended for army commissions, with the request that Davie provide him with the names of men suitable to serve as officers in a regiment of infantry and a company of dragoons to be raised in North Carolina and Tennessee. In his letter of 14 Nov. (the only earlier letter found), Davie commented on several of the applicants and pointed out that the “business” of raising regiments such as this was “not the work of a week or a month.” Before receiving this letter of 28 Dec., Davie wrote GW on 30 Dec. with a list of recommendations.

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