Head Quarters Jany 17. 1783
I am commanded by His Excellency to inform you that he has examined into the case of Joseph & William Hackney, the two soldiers charged with enlisting first with the Recruiting Officer of Massachusets & afterwards with an Officer of the Second or New York Regiment of Artillery, and finds that the first Enlistment gives to Claim to the Classes who inlisted them as the Men had not been Resident in the state Six Weeks the time prescribed by law—and as they are undoubtedly Inhabitants of New York—that State alone can claim them as part of their Quota—the General has therefore orderd that they Remain in the York Reg. of Artillery. I am Sir Your very hum. Servt
aid De Camp
DLC: Papers of George Washington.