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To George Washington from the Board of War, 31 March 1780

From the Board of War

War Office [Philadelphia] March 31. 1780

Sir

The board have recd a letter from Col. Wood at Charlotteville, wherein he mentions “that he is well assured that the Offering pardons to all deserters from the Virg. Line who will surrender themselves at that post by a given time, would be productive of good effects; & that we should recover a great number of Men by it, who otherwise may probably seek an asylum in the New Country.”

The board submit the propriety of the measure to your Excellencys determination.1 I have the honor to be With the highest respect Yr Excellencys Most obed. Servt

Ben. Stoddert Secy
by order

ALS, DLC:GW.

1GW recommended against amnesty in his reply to the Board of War dated 9 April.

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