George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jedediah Huntington, 10 June 1782

Hartford June 10th 1782

Dear Sir,

Since I wrote your Excellency the 24th May the Assembly resolved to issue Execution against the delinquent Classes for the Recruits not procured the 20th of this Month. Since that Resolve the lower House have taken great Offence that some Recruits who had been received by the Continental Mustering Officers (appointed for the Purpose here); & their Bounty paid, should be mustered out at Camp—it unluckily happened that one of them had served 3 Years to good Acceptance, others had served one & two Campaigns, wanted only an Inch or two of the Standard—The Indignation of the House has carried them so far as to suspend the Publication of the Act for levying Execution against the delinquent Classes, & to resolve that the Classes which have procured Men to the Acceptance of the continental Mustering Officers in the State, shall be exempt from any Penalty—and that, in future, the Sanction of the Colonels of Militia shall be an Exemption—The Governor will endeavour to prevent these Resolutions passing the upper House— he has his Fears—and wishes that the men, who have been approved by the mustering Officers here, might be accepted, except there has been some [gross] Imposition.

The exact Height required by the Inspector General is now attended to, though I could wish, considering the Difficulty of getting Men, some Latitude was given to the Discretion of the mustering Officers.

The lower House of Assembly have voted a Tax of 6d. on the Pound payable 1st July, and 6d. pay’ble 1st Octo., the upper House contend for 9d each, which [will] nearly produce two quarterly Payments of Mr Morris Requisition—The Understanding of the lower House ripens slowly—The Committee of Congress have been heard on the Subject, & with more Influence than they would have had three Weeks ago.

The 5 perCent Impost is finished in Sub[stance] as Congress requested.

Notwithstanding the Report of the Committee on holding a Body of Militia in Readiness to incorporate with the continental Battalions, it is resolved to throw them (the 27 Companies) into two Regiments, complete with field & commissioned Officers.

The Fleet which came through the Sound last Week from New York was joined off New London thursday by four Frigates & proceeded Eastward, no Discovery was made whether they had Troops. I am, most respectfully, Your Excellencys obedient Servant

Jed. Huntington

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