George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Sullivan, 9 January 1781

Trenton Jany the 9th 1781

Dear General

I have the Honor to Inclose Your Excy by Directions of the Committee a Copy of a Letter from Govr Read with Copy of the proposals made by the Committee to the Mutineers of the Pensylvania Line by which first it appears that they are Determined to Accept of the Terms offered & we flatter ourselves That this unhappy Dispute will Soon be brought to a favorable Issue. I have the Honor to be most Respectfully Yr Excys most obedt Servt

Jno. Sullivan

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Trenton Jany 8. 1781

In Committee of Congress

Resolved That all Soldiers who have voluntarily enlisted for the War or have received the hundred Dollars Bounty ordered by Congress shall be held during the War and entitled to receive the same Bounty as the New Recruits from the respective States only deducting therefrom the hundred Dollars at the real Value when received; But as it may so happen that Some Soldiers may be detained in the Service who have received the hundred Dollars contrary to their Inclinations all such who can make it clearly appear to Persons appointed for that Purpose as herein aftermentioned that they have been so detained shall be immediately discharged.

Resolved That all Soldiers who are now held by Inlistments expressing the Term of Service to be for three Years or during the War and have not voluntarily reinlisted and received the hundred Dollars bounty shall be immediately discharged.

The Committee trusting in the Sincerity and Attachment of the Pennsylvania Line to the american Cause and (notwithstanding the unwarrantable Steps they have taken) from the Moderation and Conduct in the Discipline and good order they have observed and being convinced that their Assembly was for the Redress of Grievances have further noticed that on producing Lists regimentally of their non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers who fall within the different Classes of Grievances complained of with Regard to the Terms of Enlistment Pay Bounty & Clothing that they will immediatly appoint Commissioners to examine and deport thereon that full & ample Justice shall be done to the Claimants by discharging such as are entitled to their Discharge giving Certificates of Pay & Clothing due to such as have Claim.

The foregoing Terms being accepted the Committee resolved that upon the Soldiers of the Pennsylvania Line delivering up the british Emissaries sent to [corrupt] them and submitting to them proper Officers they will publish a full and general Pardon for all Offences committed by the non commissioned Officers & Soldiers of the said Line from this 31st of Decr last to this Time.



I wrote you last evening by Mr Davies, informing you of the proposals made by the Serjeants, & my orders to the troops to march this morning to Trenton—being resolved to open no further negociation with them, but to take steps of a contrary kind, in which I am of opinion we had a good chance of success. But on my letter going in to Genel Wayne orders were given to march this morning, & having also communicated the requisition of the Committee respecting the spies, there seemed to be a [   ] disposition on that head—I am in momentary expectation of hearing that they are set out, and hope the Commissaries and Qr Masters will be prepared. Quarters must be provided for at least 1500 men tho’ I will endeavour to detach 1000 at least to Bordentown & Burlington tomorrow—At Trenton I expect they will receive their Officers, & that is my greatest concern at present, as they appear so deeply to resent the conduct of the troops to them personally. Had Genl Wayne not given a promise of general pardon the 2d Jany & confirmed it on the 7th I should have excepted the men who shot their officers if they could have been discover[ed]. I was somewhat apprehensive that the delivering up the spies, being an annexed condition to the pardon would have had some difficulties, but I now rather think it had a good effect.

I now wait here for intelligence of the movement, & am Gemn most respectfully Yr Obedt & very humbl servt

Jos. Reed

P.S. I have no account yet from the Missing sent to South Amboy.

10 oClock—I am just informed that the troops have paraded, & are set out.

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