George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Board of War, 12 October 1780

Head Qrs Octr 12 1780


I beg leave to inclose you the Commissions of Lts Emerson & Barton of the 11th Massachusetts Regiment which it seems are wrong. Mr Emerson is intitled to rank it is reported, from the 7th of November 1777 and Mr Barton also as a Lieutenant from the same date. It seems unfortunately that there are many Errors in the Captains & Inferior officers Commissions in this line, occasioned by the inattention & inaccuracy of the Regimental Lists which were laid before the Board that arranged it—& which must be rectified, when the circumstances of the campaign will permit.

I beg leave to inform the Board that the Officers of Colo. H. Jackson’s Regiment are very uneasy at not having received their Commissions & are applying for them almost every day. The arrangement of them was transmitted with that of Webb’s & Moylan’s Regiments, the Officers of both which have long since received theirs. This I find encreases, not a little, the importunities of the Officers in Jackson’s—who for want of theirs are doing duty in many instances under officers whom they would command. There are Several other Officers in the Massachusetts & Connecticut lines, who make daily inquiries at Head Quarters about Commissions & who say their Warrants or Certificates from their States have been forwarded a considerable time to the Board & who have requested that I would communicate their anxiety and the inconveniences they experience for want of them. Whatever delays may have taken place in the business—I am persuaded have been such as the Board could not prevent, which has been suggested to the parties; but their applications are so frequent & so pressing, that I am led to hope circumstances will admit the Commissions being forwarded by an early opportunity. I have the Honor to be

P.S. I retain the Commissions mentioned above and will make the alterations a subject of inquiry by a Board of officers I will appoint to examine the other Errors said to exist in the line of Captains & Inferior Officers.

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