George Washington Papers

General Orders, 9 September 1780

Head Quarters Steenrapia Saturday September 9. 80

Parole Barcelona
Countersigns Fix; Firm
Watchword Drummers

For the Day tomorrow

Brigadier General Irvine

Colonel Starr

Lieutenant Colonel North

Major Talbot

Brigade Major Ashley

The Commander in Chief thinks proper to mention that many officers who are sent on Extra Commands occasion both him and themselves a great deal of unnecessary trouble by not keeping more particular accounts of their expences than those they frequently exhibit and often reduce him to the painful necessity either of admitting Claims Stated in terms of the greatest generality, or of rejecting them or at least of postponing the payment from time to time ‘till more particular accounts can be made out; to prevent like inconveniences in future he requests that all officers who are sent upon such commands will be attentive to this matter—will note to whom they pay Money—The date and Place and will make out their accounts accordingly; and where Circumstances will admit it will also be prudent even to take in the bills they pay and receipts—These particularities are required by the public they are usual in private transactions between man and man and they are necessary for the Generals justification.

He also thinks proper to enjoin again a pointed Attention to the general orders published the 18th of September last respecting Officers being sent on extra-commands and that it is not to be done but in the manner there prescribed.

After Orders.

Brigadier General Poor will be interred tomorrow afternoon at Hackinsack Church—the funeral procession will commence at four ô clock from Brewer’s house in front of the Infantry.

Colonel Butler is appointed officer of the day for tomorrow vice Colonel Starr indisposed.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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