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To George Washington from Colonels Joseph Read and John Bailey, 2 April 1776

From Colonels Joseph Read and John Bailey

Dedham [Mass.] 2 April 1776. Inform that they have chosen David Sanford to be chaplain of their regiments.1

DS, in Bailey’s writing, DLC:GW. Below his signature Bailey wrote: “N.B. Mr Mansfield declineing marching with my Regt I therefore have mad the above request.” Joseph Read and John Bailey (1730–1810), both of Massachusetts, commanded the 13th and 23d Continental regiments respectively. Read left the army at the end of 1776 while Bailey continued serving as a regimental commander until he resigned in the fall of 1780. Isaac Mansfield (1750–1826) became chaplain of the 6th and 27th Continental regiments, which remained at Boston when the army marched to New York.

1David Sanford (1737–1810) was pastor of a Congregational church in Medway, Massachusetts.

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