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From George Washington to Colonel Armand, 8 February 1779

To Colonel Armand

Head Quarters Middlebrook 8 Feby 1779.

Sir.

The honourable the Congress by a resolve of the 4th Inst. have directed the recruiting of your corps to its full compliment of Infantry.1 But as it is not in my power to give you any authority, where to inlist; in what State, or whether in the whole, I must refer you to Congress on this subject (to whom I have written) as well as for money for the purpose of recruiting. When these are obtained, you will immediately proceed in the execution of this business.2

The present established bounty is 200 dollars to every man enlisting for the war, and passing muster; besides the usual allowance of land and cloathing; And 20 dollars to the officers, for every man recruited under this description. To this is added 3 dollars per day to the officers on this service, as a compensation for extra expence.3 I am Sir Your obt & humble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW franked the cover of the LS, which McHenry addressed to “Colonel Armand at Philadelphia.”

1For Congress’s resolution of 4 Feb. regarding the recruiting of the infantry components of Armand’s partisan corps and Pulaski’s Legion to their full authorized strength, see John Jay to GW, 5 Feb., and n.1 to that document (see also 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 , 13:143).

2On 13 Feb., Congress appropriated $94,000 for the recruiting of Armand’s corps, “which shall not exceed the complement of a regiment,” and it resolved that the men recruited for Armand’s corps and Pulaski’s Legion, “shall be credited to the quota of the State in which they shall be inlisted, they not being inhabitants of any other of the United States” (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 , 13:180–81).

3For Congress’s resolutions of 23 Jan. on recruiting bounties and rewards for recruiting officers, see GW to John Jay, 27 Jan., and n.1 to that document (see also 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 , 13:108–9).

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