Pluckemin Hospital 17th June 80
I am Sorry my Case requires me to trouble you at a time of so great a multplicity of business, a month haveing past since the time Genl Gist expected me to proceed after the division. I am thereby inducd to make my situation again known to Head Qrs—the 15 men who Deserted me here were overtaken at philadelphia & deliver’d to Colo. Nicholas who has Charge of them untill I come on with the remainder of the Devision.Seven men has arriv’d from Albany who informs me about the same number was to follow in a few days. but is not yet come, from the account I receiv’d they ought to have been here three weeks ago. am much afraid they are deserted. from what I Can learn there is no move to be expected from there this Season. had but seven men return’d to me at the Other Hospitals in that qua[rter] and the Chief of them has been absent so long that I hardly expect any of them to join. there is about thirty at this & Baskinridge Hospitals, which with the advice of Doctr Scott. do Imagine will recruit faster on a moderate march than here—I learn we have three of our line in provs. at Morris Town, one of which writes me, is Confin’d by Major Walker aid to the Baron Stuben, whom he waited on, for insisting on joining his regiment (this the man says) the Other two for Suspision of Desertion. if his Excellincy the Commander in Cheif thinks fit to Order the party on Clothing will be Necessary. in particular. Shoes. Overalls & Shirts. these articles they are entirely destitute of—also one Waggon will be wanted for the removal of the baggage—in Case this party is to march I Shall be much at a loss to know how to act as to my Self, my present indisposition being such as to render me incapable of marching, my greatest complaints is rheumatic pains & weakness, therefore, think I could not possibly bare the jostling of a waggon.
I shall ever Sir Esteem it a particular favour if you will please to make my Situation known to his Excellency, who perhaps will indulge me with the privaledge of a horse Untill I recover so as to be able to march. which I hope will soon be as I am Certain strength will drive off the pains, indeed if his Excellency thought proper, a horse is highly Necessary for us to have on this Command as we Cannot possibly discharge our duty properly without one, if a man Deserts we are sure to loose him for want of a horse to follow. two is already gon that I think might have been recover’d with the assistance of a horse. I am Sir with the greatest respect your most Obt Servt.
Wm Reily Capt.
4th Maryd Regt
P:S seven or eight men I think is all that will be incapable of marching from these two Hospitals, & I believe never to recover.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.