Head Quarters Morris Town 20th March 1780.
By the inclosed papers you will find that the arrangement of the subalterns of the 8th Massachusetts Regt which was delivered by General Paterson to the Board of General Officers appointed to arrange that line was not the proper one, and consequently, that the Commissions issued were erroneous in point of date and regimental precedency. This you will perceive by comparing the Commissions which have been issued and which I return with the true arrangement which is inclosed. This amendment being confined to the subalterns of the 8th Regiment only will not affect the rights of any other Regt or the line at large—I shall be glad to have the new Commissions as soon as possible as the Officers find an inconvenience, when upon duty, without them. I have the honour &c.
P. S. I have recd Mr Stodderts letter inclosing Copy of the arrangement of the subs. of the Massachusetts line
DLC: Papers of George Washington.