George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Steward, 12 August 1780

Baltimore 12th August 1780


I beg leave to inform your Excelly that I left the Southern Army at Deep River N. Carolina the 17th July in pursuance of Orders from Major Genl the Baron De Kalb, to collect, and prepare to march all Recruits, Deserters, and Levies, that might be raised or apprehended: and for sundry other purposes.

On my Arrival at Annapolis, I found many obstacles to the execution of the several Duties I was sent upon. the Recruits and Deserters, first raised or apprehended, are order’d to be incorporated as the Additional Regiment, to be raised by this State; the Command of which is given to a Mr Jones, some time a young Captain in our Third: this Gentleman resign’d last Winter, and has reaped a reward by quitting the Servise, which we who have remaind stedfast, cannot but think, would have been as properly bestowd, on Rank actually existing, or on some Man who had persevered through every vicisitude.

An opportunity of doing Servise to our Country in the more Exalted military Stations is now the only hope of reward left us—to rob us of that we cannot but think an ungratefull return for near five Years Toil and Danger.

I Anticipate the most fatal consequences to the Maryland line from this Appointment of the State, I Am sorry to asure your Excelly that I left the Officers in a state of great dissatisfaction, which will certainly be aggrevated when they find themselves not only neglected by the State to which they belong; but Superceded by Men who in the Day of Trouble relinquish’d their share of Duty, or by others who waited for the smiling Hour of Success, to snatch from us the ripen’d Harvest of Reward.

I hope the intervention of your Excellencies Advice may yet prevent the mischiefs I forbode, which I must beg leave to request, and doubt not to obtain, when your Excellency will be pleased to call to Mind the Chearfullness and Allacrity with which we have through every change pursued the Fortunes of Our Country. All we request is not to be driven from her Banners like things despised. I hope Sir you will pardon this presumption in me, when I asure you that it arises from an earnest desire to procecute the Duties of my profession with Honor and satisfaction to myself and good to my Country. I have the Honor to be with sincere respect and regard yr Excellys Obedient Servant

John Steward

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