George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 12 November 1780

Head Quarters Novr 12th 1780


In answer to your Letter of the 10th I can only observe: that it is not in my power to give any particular explanation to the views of Congress in the establishment of the Regiment of Artificers, beyond what is expressed in their Act. Nor do I know, with precision, what proportion of Artillery or Quarter Master Artificers may be necessary with the Army.

I would therefore wish you to have a meeting with General Knox on the Subject. And report your opinions to me, respecting the reduction & incorporation of the Corps of Artificers now in service—that the necessary Measures may be pursued.

You will be pleased to forward the Letters herewith transmitted by Express. I am, Sir Your Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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