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George Washington to the Committee of Congress with the Army, 29 January 1778

George Washington to
the Committee of Congress with the Army1

[Valley Forge, January 29, 1778.] Discusses proposed changes in military establishment. Submits questions concerning foreign officers, use of Indians to fight British, Colonel Daniel Morgan’s Riflemen, use of Negroes as wagoners, pay for prisoners, and proper gradation of punishments.

LS, in the writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress; two drafts in writing of H, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Fitzpatrick states “the original report … seems to have been left with Washington by the committee” (GW description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington (Washington, 1931–1944). description ends , X, 403, note 39). This report is signed by George Washington and endorsed by Francis Dana. For another document bearing on this letter, see H to George Washington, dated “before January 29, 1778.”

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