Head Quarters Newburg 18th Apl 1782
I have received your three several Letters of Yesterday.
I do not certainly recollect the report of M. Genl Lincoln on his Return from Boston, but have supposed that he took the necessary Measures to forward the recruitg service in that State. Indeed this appears to be the Case by Majr Pettingells Letter to you; who says that Lieut. Colo. Badlam was appointed, by Genl Lincolns orders, to superceed him, as Superintendant for that State.
I inclose for your Information, a Copy of the Resolutions of Congress respectg the recruitg Service, which were regularly forwarded to Mass[tt]—What Resolutions that State have taken in Consequence, I am unacquainted with; not having been favored with a Line from Govr Hancock since the transmission of the Resolves of Congress.
By the Doings of Congress you will see that the States are to point out the Rendezvous at which the Recruits are to be collected, and that Mustering Officers from the Army are to be sent to muster, receive & forward them—I cannot think that Genl Lincoln has made any omission in any part of so important a Service—but least any Mistake may have happened, I think it will be very well for you to write to Colo. Badlam, & give every Instruction that may be needfull to compleat the Business—the Recruitg Service is a point of too great Importance to suffer any Delay, or to be obstructed by any Impediment in our power to remove.
If Capt. Bannister is not retained as a Mustering Officer, I think it will be well to order him to join his Regiment.
The powder may be removed, under direction of Colo. Crane as soon as possible. With much Regard & Esteem I am Dear Sir Your most Obedt Servant
MHi: Heath Papers.