Fish kill June 4th 1782.
In Consequence of Excellency’s Directions relative to Colonel Nicola’s Letter of Yesterday, I would beg leave to observe that from the Circumstances attending the Persons in Question and the Order of the Board of War respecting Instances of that Nature, no Muster can be made of them for longer Term than thirty Days previous to joining the invalid Corps, which according to the Colonel’s Calculation was a sufficient Time to compleat their March in.
How far a subsequent Order will affect those Men who are the Subject of the Colonel’s Letter your Excellency will determine. I am inclined to think it ought not, as Humanity and Justice require that every possible Indulgance should be granted to those Unfortunates who have sacraficed their Health and Strength in the Service of their Country. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect Sir your Excellency’s Most Huble servt
Steuben Maj: Genl
DLC: Papers of George Washington.