Highlands, May 16. 1782.
Being informed that it was probable major Pettengill had not fully completed his books at Boston, I have written to him to relieve lieutenant-colonel Badlam. If major Pettengill should have begun his journey, I have written to lieutenant-colonel Badlam to continue to receive the recruits until he hears from me; in such case I shall send a field officer from the army to relieve him.
Apprehending that it will be doubtful whether any subaltern officers will chuse to go to march on the recruits from Massachusetts at their own expence, and the uncertainty whether the state will defray it, I have encreased the number of serjeants, and yesterday sent a trusty one from each regiment—five to Boston, two to Worcester, and four to Springfield; and have written by them to the several mustering officers at those places, and to captain Carr at Wells, to use every possible means to push on the recruits, and to be careful not to muster any excepted by the resolves, or who are unfit for service. I have the honor to be With the highest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant,
P.S. There are ten or a dozen continental soldiers in the sugar house at New York, which were taken the last fall on the lines; they suffer much. Is it possible to have them exchanged? They have written out once and again—I fear they will think themselves neglected and forgotten—and will be driven to engage with the enemy. I beg leave to submit their case to your excellency’s consideration.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.