George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Joseph Reed, 25 March 1780

March 25. 1780.


I have the Honour of inclosing you a Memorial from the Officers of Artillery in Col. Proctors Regiment: With the Proceeding of the Council thereupon. And am with great Respect & Regard Your Excellys most Obed. & very Hble servt

Jos. Reed


DLC: Papers of George Washington.


20 March 1780

To the Honorable the Supreme Executive Council of the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania—

The Memorial of the Officers of Artillery of the said Common Wealth

Respectfully Sheweth,

That by a Resolve of Congress Officers were to rise in the Line of their respective States only, which Mode we expected would still have been adhered to; but We have Reason to believe there is a Plan now in Agitation and very strenuously pressed, to introduce a Contrary Mode, to wit, "That all Promotions shall take place in the whole Line of Artillery without Respect to States"—which Mode we conceive would be highly injurious to your Memorialists, as it will in all probability disperse us to the most distant States, separating Us from our Families, and rendering it extremely difficult if not impossible to receive those Supplies which this State has so generously allowed her Troops—And as your Memorialists do not wish for Promotion in any Regiment out of this State, so they most humbly Request that the Honorable Council might be pleased to interpose, and not suffer Strangers to fill up such Vacancies as now are, or hereafter may happen in the Regiment of Artillery belonging to this Common Wealth—An Instance of which (unless timely prevented by your Interposition) will shortly take place by preferring a Captain from the State of Massachussetts to the Majority of the Regiment in Question—Your Memorialists beg your Attention to the proceedings of the New England States in a former Regiment of their Troops, whereby several Officers were bypassed for no other Reason than their not being Inhabitants thereof—Your Memorialists therefore humbly refer this important Matter to the Honorable Council praying their immediate interference and [Assistance] And that such Relief be afforded as in Your Wisdom may seem meet.Signed in behalf of the Officers Aforesaid

Isaac Craig

Capt. Artillery

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