George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Ludwig Weltner, 16 May 1780

Northumberland 16th May 1780

May it Please your Excellency

It will be agreeable to the Governour and Council of the State of Pennsylvania to Receive the Remainder of the Core formerly Commanded by Majr Ottendorff into my Regiment; & the Reception of them will meet the Approbation of me, & my officers Especially as they are to be formed into one Company—The Capt. Shotts, & Seiling, were to Agree between themselves who wou’d Quit the Service, which they have not Settled—Capt. Shotts thinks hard, to leave the service being the Oldest officer, Captain Seiling, thinks likewise hard having Reinlisted the Men at a Great Expence & Trouble & His Men are all in his favour.

I am Sorry to be Sepperated from your Excellenys Army; And to be Stationed in such a Wilderness; but for the Good of the Service am Allways Content—I thank God has restored my Health so that I Can bear the fatigues—About a Month agoe the Enemy attacted this County in four Difft places, but had little Success, & yesterday Seven Savages attacted ten of our Militia on an out Post, killed four the first five & the Remaining Six Wounded two of the Savages and made them Make a Precipitate Retreate. I Shall Conclude your Excellency’s most Obedient Humble Servt

Lud: Weltner

Lt Col. Commandt G: Regmt

DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.

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