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To George Washington from William Heath, 2 April 1781

West point April 2nd 781

Dear General

I find there is in every Regiment a Considerable number of women & Children, especially the former who draw Provisions——many of the Officers assert that there is a resolve of Congress or an order or Regulation of Your Excellencys which points out the number allowed to each Company or Regiment, If there is such resolve, or order, I will thank you for information of it if there is not I wish your Opinion or direction in the Case, for if it is allowable, some Limits Seem necessary to be fixed, or it will Soon become a growing evil and Injurious to the Service, for notwithstanding they may be honest and legally married Women, the number will soon encrease so as to become very burdensome altho a Certain number may be really necessary. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys most Obedt Sert

W. Heath

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