War Office August 28th 1780
From the want of regularity in issuing the commissions for the Army, previous to the resolve of Congress vesting that business in the board—there is no register, nor any thing else sufficiently authentic to refer to, without reading over all the Journals of Congress—to find out the Officers whose names are to be reported agreeable to the inclosed resolution.
The board therefore take the liberty to request your Excellency will be pleased to furnish them with such information as you can readily do on the Subject. It is presumed that the Officers of the Addl & Independent Corps & Corps of Artillery & Cavalry belonging to any of the thirteen United States, are to be considered as belonging to the quota’s of the states of which they are Citizens, under the resolution of March 15. 1779.
The Officers from Canada of Col. Hazens & Col. Livingstons Regts—of such Independent Corps as are composed of Foreigners—& the Foreign Officers attached to the Army at large, are those whose names are now wanted. Perhaps too the Aides de Camp who do not hold commissions in the line, should be considered on this occasion. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Yr Excellency’s Most Obed. Most Hble Servt
by ord. Ben. Stoddert
The board are possessed of returns of Col. Hazens & Livingstons Regts—but there may have been alterations since the returns were made.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.