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From George Washington to Colonel George Baylor, 25 April 1777

To Colonel George Baylor

Morris Town Apl 25th 1777

Dear Sir,

Your favor of the 14th is this day come to hand, & for the Instructions you require respecting your Cloathing, I refer you to mine of 28th Ulto the receipt of which you now acknowledge.

The Mode of exchange you speak of (large Men for small of other Regiments) I have no sort of Objection to, provided, the Men receiv’d & given in exchange are made fully acquainted with the Particulars before-hand, & voluntarily accord to it.

The Captaincy become vacant in your Regiment is to be fill’d by a Mr John Swan of Fredk County Maryland, a Gentleman strongly recommend’d to me by some Members of Congress, & whom (from other accounts) you will find fully Qualified to give great satisfaction in the Execution of his duty—He is at present under Confinement in Philada occasion’d by a Wound received in an Action near this place some time ago, I have wrote him to Join you with all convenient expedition & receive your Instructions how he is to proceed.1

I repeat my request that you will send on your Regiment, Troop by Troop, as fast as you can equip them.2 I am Dear Sir Yr mo. Obed. Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in John Fitzgerald’s writing, PWacD; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Fitzgerald addressed the cover of the LS “To George Baylor Esqr. Colo. of a Regmt of Dragoons Fredericksburg,” and GW franked it.

1GW’s letter to Swan has not been found.

2This sentence is not included in the draft or the Varick transcript.

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