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From George Washington to Joseph Reed, 11 May 1780

To Joseph Reed

Head Quarters Morris Town 11th May 1780

Sir

It has been represented to me by Brig: General Irvine, and by Lt Colo. Hay of the 10th Penna Regt that Michael Everly a Serjeant of that Regt was promised an Ensigncy by Colo. Humpton for his extraordinary exertions in inducing the Soldiers to reinlist, and upon many other services—From the above consideration and from the want of Subaltern Officers in the Regt I would recommend Mr Everly to the promotion which has been promised to him and which if confirmed is to bear date the 1st October 1779. I have the honor to be with great Respect Sir Yr Excellency’s most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, NjMoHP.

At its meeting in Philadelphia on 16 May, the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council read GW’s letter and acted in accord with his recommendation in “this special case” (Pa. Col. Records description begins Colonial Records of Pennsylvania. 16 vols. Harrisburg, 1840–53. description ends , 12:352).

Michael Everly served as a sergeant in the 10th Pennsylvania Regiment from April 1777 until his appointment as ensign in the same unit. Upon Brig. Gen. Anthony Wayne’s recommendation in September 1780, the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council advanced Everly to lieutenant (see Pa. Col. Records description begins Colonial Records of Pennsylvania. 16 vols. Harrisburg, 1840–53. description ends , 12:483). Everly transferred to the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment in January 1781 and retired from the army in January 1783.

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