Head Quarters 4th Decemr 1782
I have been honored with your favors of the 22d and 27th ulto—I cannot see upon what principles Colo. Swift should be promoted and not Colo. Dayton—There being already a Brigadier to the Connecticut Line and none to the Jersey—Colo. Shephard has resigned under the Resolve of the 19t of November.
There is, I believe, no occasion of publishing your report respecting the reform of the Invalid Corps—It is a matter in which the Army have not interested themselves, and by a letter which I recd yesterday from Colo. Nicola he seems more reconciled to the plan.
Many Officers have been applying to me to know whether the Facings of the whole Army are to be Red, as they want to make their arrangements accordingly if it is to be so—Be pleased to inform me, if you should not have done it before this reaches you. I have the honor to be with the greatest Respect and Esteem Dr sir Yr most obt Servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.