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To George Washington from William Heath, 14 June 1782

Highlands June 14. 1782.

Dear General,

Majors Gibbs and Rice, it is said, were admitted into the Massachusetts line by the consent of the field officers, upon certain conditions. A dispute has arisen respecting their right to rank and command. Several of the aggrieved have requested that the field officers of the line may hear and determine the dispute. It appears necessary that it should be done. I wish to know if your excellency has any objections to the field officers taking the matter up and reporting thereon.

Enclosed is a letter from captain Pray, and a permission for several persons to go into New York, signed by a deputy commissary of prisoners. Are they to go in?

I forward a deserter from Thomson’s corps. I request a furlough for the soldier recommended by the inspector-general, if your excellency thinks proper; his health requires it.

Colonel Popkin sets out for the eastward this morning, to relieve major Pettengill at Boston. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant,

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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