George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Peter Muhlenberg, 23 May 1780

Fredericksburg May 23d 1778 1780


enclosed I have the Honor to transmit Your Excellency, a Letter I have received by this days post from Doctor Rickman together with the return of the Sick remaining in the Hospital—as the post is just going out, I shall beg leave, just to mention to Your Excellency that I yesterday received a Supply of Money for the Recruiting Service—Colo. Febiger will superintend at this post, & Colo. Green at Winchester, I shall set out with Colo. Green for Winchester to Morrow Morning & shall return in Six days, & then take a [tour] to Chesterfield Courthouse—Next Week I shall send on the first Detachment of sixty—our Accounts from Charlestown by this days post are so various & Contradictory, that they cannot be depended on—this much is certain that the Town was safe on the 3d of May. I have the Honor to be Your Excellency Most Obedt hble Servt

P: Muhlenberg

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Petersburg the 16th May 1780


I should have acknowledged the receipt of Your favour by return of Post but was absent from Williamsburg and at this Place and did not receive it untill My return on Sunday last In obedience to Your orders I yesterday came to this Town on My way to Rocky Ridge in order to establish an Hospital at near that Station but Your Letter to Colonel Davis directing Chesterfield Court House for the General Rendevous and establishment of the Military Hospital for the Troops came to His hands this morning I shall therefore pursuant to Your last orders direct the Medicines to be sent to that Station and the Sick and Surgeons to be removed thither.

In the last month I wrote the Honble The President of Congress requesting permission to resign the Office I now hold I have not as yet received His answer and while I continue to Act shall at all times be happy in executing Your Orders.

enclosed is a Return of the Patients now in the Hospital likewise a letter for Doctor Brown which I have left open for Your perusal and request the favour of You to forward to Him. I am with great Respect Sir Your Most Obedient & very humble Servant

William Rickman D.D.


16 May 1780

A Report of the Sick now in the Hospital near Petersburg the 16th May 1780

Names To what Brigd. Diseses or Convalescent
belonging hurt
James Cassidy B. Woodford Venereal
Wm Clift Dragoon Do
Richd Skinner B. Woodford Do
Wm Thayer Do Do
Eliza Brown Do Do
Ann Wilkinson Do Do
Thoms Harris B. Scott Do
Danl Porter Do Ulcer his Leg
Wm Stone Do Do
Wm Day Do Do
Edwd White Do Asthmatic
Isaac Walters Do [Tumer Test.]
Richd Dennison Do Hectic
Chs Caffe Do Remk Fever
Ezel Drohedy Do Do
B. Landrum Do Convalst
Jno. Carrol Do Scorbutic Do
Chs Smith Do Ulcer his Foot

D. Gold S:S:C:H.

A Copy

Wm Rickman D.D.G.

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