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To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 20 February 1780

From Major General William Heath

Highlands [N.Y.] Feby 20. 1780

Dear General,

The weather having taken a more favorable turn for journeying, I purpose Setting out to morrow morning for New England.1

I was in hopes your Excellency would have found it convenient to decide on the situation of Cap. Cartwright before his return to the Eastward.2 For want of a determination, he was uneasy when he came out. he has since made a representation of the circumstances attending his case, and it gives me pain to think that he is to leave camp without having the uncertainty removed.

If he cannot be reinstated in his command in the line, nor be entitled to promotion on his commission as captain, would there be an impropriety in establishing him as an aid de camp appointed before the resolve of Congress for the arrangement of the army?3 there would it appears to me, be a propriety in permitting one or the other. the suspence has prevented his drawing either pay or supplies from the public: he does not at present incline to attend to his private Interest: and I am unwilling he should retire from the service. I request, however, your Excellency would be pleased to Signify your pleasure for his government.4 I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most obedt Servt

W. Heath

LS, DLC:GW; DfS, MHi: Heath Papers.

1GW had granted Heath a leave of absence as soon as Maj. Gen. Robert Howe could take over command of the Highlands department (see GW to Heath, 27 Jan.). Heath did not leave the Highlands department until 22 Feb. (see Howe to GW, 28 Feb., first letter).

2For Heath’s earlier request for a determination regarding the rank and pay of his aide-de-camp Thomas Cartwright, see Heath to GW, 27 Oct. 1779.

3For this resolution of Congress of 27 May 1778, see JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 11:538–43.

4GW replied on 2 March (second letter).

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