Fishkill 3d June 1782
Some of the muster rolls of the Invalid regt having been filled in a manner different from that directed by the Minister of war in a case peculiar to the Invalid regt I am under the necessity of requesting your Excellencies directions, that I may avoid future censure, for which purpose I have the honour to lay a full state of the case before you in the inclosed. Permit me with respect to assure you that I am Sr Your Excellencies Most obedt Servt
Lewis Nicola Col. Inv.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Fishkill 3d June 1782.
Some time in Spring last year the late Board of war directed me to make a return of all the non commissioned & privates in the Invalid regt specifying the State each man belonged to, at the same time informed me that the State of Connecticut had twice applied for all the Invalids belonging to their line to do duty in the State but had been refused by Congress.
Shortly after my arrival at Fishkill in September last Capt. Hill sent me two returns of Invalids belonging to the State of Connecticut, one, of those transferred to the Invalid regt before the 1st of April 1781, the other, of men transferred on that day, the whole amounting to about 120surprised to find about 80 men of that line transferred beyond what I had returned to the Board of war, agreable to returns sent to me from Boston, I enquired into the cause of this & found those men had been detained in the State & permitted to go to their respective homes & that not one of them had joined the regt ’till last september. Not judging it proper for me to determine in a case of this nature thought it best to state the matter & send it, with copies of the returns to the Board & request its directions & desired the officers to mark those men that joined, time of transfer uncertain in the muster rolls ’till the matter was determined. The matter rested thus ’till I went to Philadelphia when I mentioned it to the Minister of war, who said he had not before heard of it but would examine the papers in the office, enquire into the case & then give his directions. The 24 Decr 1781 I recd an order of which the following is a copy
War Office 24 Decr 1781
You letter to the late Board of war relative to the men of the Connecticut line transferred to the Invalid regt has been taken into consideration & I am directed to inform you that you are to govern yourself in that & in all other cases by the following rule.
Every non–commissioned officer & private transferred to your corps is to be allowed a reasonable number of days, the length of the way & his abilities for travelling considered, previous to that of his actually joining, & from the day such allowance commences, and no other, he is to be mustered as belonging to your corps & pay drawn for him accordingly. I am &c.
Col. Lewis Nicola
Joseph Carleton Secy
By the following post I transmitted the order to the officer commanding here with directions that it should be complied with, but on my return here I found they had mustered them from the dates of their transfers, tho I think thirty days would have been an ample allowance for the worst to remove to Boston from the Connecticut Huts. These musters being contrary to the above order I am at a loss whether, or how these mistakes can be rectified, therefore request your Excellencies directions.
Lewis Nicola Col. Inv.