27 November 1780
The State of our Magazines makes it necessary to discharge every Mouth that can be dispensed with, as early as possible, and as I think the season is so far advanced that the greatest part of the Levies may be immediately dismissed without danger from the decrease of our numbers, you will, as soon as you reach the Ground allotted for your Winter Cantonment, begin to discharge those of the Massachusetts line, dismissing those first who are most in want of Cloathes, or who are unhealthy—I should make no scruple of discharging them all at once, was it not that the diminution of our numbers would be thereby more perceptible than if they went off by degrees.
You will be pleased to attend pointedly to drawing the public Arms and Accoutrements from the men before they are dismissed. Given at Head Quarters Prekaness the 27th day of Novemr 1780.
PPAmP: Papers of George Washington.