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To George Washington from Colonel Samuel Holden Parsons, 23 October 1775

From Colonel Samuel Holden Parsons

Roxbury Camp Octr 23d 1775

Pursuant to Your Excellency’s Direction I have directed the Commanding Officers of the Companies under my Command to Ascertain the Number of Officers & Soldiers in their respective Companies who are willing to extend the Term of their Inlistment to the first Day of Jany next:1 by their Returns I find there are Two Hundred & Twenty Noncommissiond Officers & Soldiers who are willing to Serve till that Time on Condition they can have a reasonable Time granted them to go Home & prepare their Winter Clothing without which it will be very difficult to detain many beyond their present Engagement: I imagine the greater Part of the Regiment will Stay till that Time, if at the Expiration of their present Inlistments their should be an Apparent Necessity for detaining them: Twenty five of the Commissiond Officers Are willing to remain in Service till that Time. from your most Obedt humble Servt

Saml H. Parsons

ALS, DNA:PCC, item 152. GW enclosed this letter and those from Experience Storrs and Charles Webb of this date in his letter to Hancock of 2 November.

Samuel Holden Parsons (1737–1789), a lawyer who lived in Lyme and New London before the war, commanded the 6th Connecticut Regiment. Parsons became a brigadier general on 9 Aug. 1776 and served until July 1782.

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