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From George Washington to William Smallwood, 24 August 1781

Head Quarters Kings Ferry Augst 24. 1781

Dear Sir

I have duly received your favor of the 9th Inst. together with the enclosure from the Marquis de la Fayette of the 6th. Long before this time, I flatter myself the 3d Regt and all the Levies & Recruits which have been raised for the Maryland Line have marched to join the Army—If by any accident they have been detained beyond your expectations, I must urge in the most pressing Manner, that they should be ordered to march without a moments loss of time & join the Marquis in the first instance, who has my directions respecting their future Movement.

As to the request of Capt. Hughs, I do not think it can be consistently complied with, or that there can be sufficient reason to justify his resignation at this time, he ought therefore to join his Corps without delay, especially as Colo. Hazen is now promoted & not immediately connected with the Regt. I am Dr S.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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