George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 14 November 1780

Head Quarters Passaic Falls 14th Novemr 1780

Dear Sir

Since my letter of the 5th, on the subject of the number of Men necessary to compleat the Quota of your State, I have recollected a matter in the composition of Colo. Lambs Regt which I wish had been attended to at that time. Two independent Companies of Pennsylvania; consisting at present of only 39 Men, have been for some time past annexed to that Regt and are included in the number of 304 of which the Regt, as it now stands, consists. They have been always returned as part of the Quota of Pennsylvania—have been adopted and supplied by that State—They would have been heretofore annexed to Colo. Proctors Regt but for some difference between the officers on account of Rank. There is a necessity for doing it now, as Lambs Regt has two Companies more than the establishment allows, and procters wants two to compleat it. The inclosed, which is a Copy of a letter from General Knox on the subject, is more full, and to which I would beg Your Excellency’s reference.

From the above state, your Excellency will perceive the necessity of your making an addition of 39 Men to your assessment, as Colo. Lambs Regiment will be lessened so many, by withdrawing the Companies before mentioned.

I have received your Excellency’s favors of the 5th and 8th By hearing nothing further from the Northward, I am in hopes the advance of the Enemy has been checked. I have the honor to be with very great Regard Your Excellency’s most obt and humble Servt

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