George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Peters, 26 June 1781

War Office June 26 1781


The Board beg Leave to trouble-you with a Copy of a Motion respecting [Vanhere]’s Corps which was referred to us by Congress. We have been informed that the principal Part of this Corps is made use of German Deserters & were doubtful about the Propriety of establishing them in the Line of the State as their Enlistments are contrary to the Resolves of Congress & evidently improper. Beside we concieved that the Corps was intended only to perform the Duty for which they were originally raized & adding them to the Pennsilvania Line would be immediately annexing them to the Southern Army as that Line by Resolution of Congress is to compose Part of that Army. This we did not choose to do without your Consent & Opinion upon the whole Matter. We have the Honour to be with the greatest Respect & Esteem your very obedt Servants

Richard Peters

By order

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


25 June 1781

That Vanheer’s Corps called the Marechaussie Corps be considered as part of the quota of Troops to be furnished to the Army of the United States by the State of Pennsylvania.

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