George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Israel Shreve, 20 January 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor Janry 20th 1781

Dear Sir

I have just received your favor of the 17th by Colonel Barber, covering an Act of the Legislature for compleating the Regiments of New Jersey—by this Resolution I find, I am requested to Order as many Officers from your Line on the recruiting service as I shall judge necessary. And as I conceive it to be of the greatest importance to have the Army compleated before the opening of the Campaign; No exertions on our part should be wanting. You will be pleased therefore to order as many Officers on this service, as can be spared from necessary command of the Men now in Camp. There should be at least one sent to each County—who besides paying strict attention to the Instructions formerly given on this subject, will govern themselves agreeably to the Act of the Assembly of the 26th of December 1780.

When the affairs of your Command are properly arranged, I shall have no objection to your being absent a short time. I am Dear Sir Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant

Go: Washington


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