Boston c.25 May 1780
Upon the application of Lieut. Colo. Cobb of Colo. Jacksons Regiment in behalf of said regiment, The General Assembly passed the inclosed Resolve by which you will be acquainted with the Intention of the Assembly to annex Colo. Jacksons regiment to the Line of this State. I am directed to give this information to your Excellency and request you to arrange and Number the same Regiment in the Line of this State of Massachusetts Bay in the Continental Army according to their rank. I am in Behalf of the Major part of the Council Your Excellency’s most Obedt verry Hble Servt
Jer. Powell President
DNA: Item 74, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.
State of Massachusetts Bay In the House of Representatives May 4th 1780
Whereas the regiment Commanded by Colo. Henry Jackson raised by this State and considerd by Congress as part of her Quota, in the Continental Army, have suffered many inconveniences from their Disarangement in the Line of this State—Therefore Resolved that the Regiment Commanded by Colo. Henry Jackson in the Continental Army be and hereby are deemd and consider’d to belong to this Line of the State of Massachusetts Bay in said Army, and shall for the future be entitled to receive all benefits and advantages arising to the Said Lines and that the Major part of the Council be desired to adress a Letter to his Excellency General Washington requesting him to arange and number the said Regiment in the Line of the said State according to their Rank. Sent up for Concurrence.
John Hancock Spkr