George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Israel Shreve, 17 January 1781

Jersey Camp 17th Jany 1781

Dear General

the Legislature of this State have passed a Law to make up the depreciation of pay to our line. Commissioners are appointed to Immediately settle with us—This seems to give pretty general satisfaction for the present.

But I fear the Pennsylvania Menouvre Relative to the discharges of those men who were Enlisted to serve for three years or dureing the war, will have a bad Effect upon some of our men—though happy for us but few are in the same predicament.

I Enclose a Late [Law] for filling up our Regiments &c.

Col. Barber will Inform your Excellency the reason why our arrangement has not taken place.

Assoon as Matters are a little more setled I beg your Excys Permission for leave of Absence a few weeks, when the Command will devolve upon Col. Barber whose abilities are well known to Your Excy. Therefore needs nothing said upon that head. I am with great Regard your Excys Most Obedt Servt

I. Shreve Col. Comdt

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