George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 18 July 1775

To Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Cambridge July 18. 1775.


It is with no small Concern that I find the Arrangement of General Officers made by the Honourable Continental Congress has produced Dissatisfaction.1 As the Army is upon a general Establishment, their Right to controul & supersede a Provincial one must be unquestionable: and in such a Cause I should hope every Post would be deemed honourable which gave a Man Opportunity to serve his Country.

A Representation from the Congress of this Province, with such Remarks as occurr’d to me on this Subject, is now before the Continental Congress. In the mean Time I beg Leave to assure you, that unbyass’d by any private Attachments, I shall studiously endeavour to reconcile their Pretensions to their Duty, & so dispose them as to prevent if possible any Inconvenience to the publick Service from this Competition. I have the Honour to be with much Respect & Esteem Sir, Your most Obedt & very Hbble Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Joseph Reed’s writing, MiU-C: Schoff Collection; LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers; LB, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS is endorsed “recd 23d p. Fessenden.”

1For a discussion of the dispute over the precedence of the general officers from Connecticut, see GW to Hancock, 10–11 July 1775, Document II. Letter Sent, n.20.

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