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To George Washington from Officers of the 4th New York Regiment, 13 June 1776

From Officers of the 4th New York Regiment

New York, 13 June 1776. Although their regiment was disbanded following service in Canada, their commissions are still in force, and they still wish to serve. “We have Apply’d to the Congress of this Province and they refer us to your Excellency for Orders in what manner to proceed.”

DS, DLC:GW. Signed by Capt. Samuel Sacket and lieutenants Samuel T. Pell, Isaac Van Wart, William Matthewman, and James Dow.

All of these officers had served in Canada during the previous fall and winter with Col. James Holmes’s 4th New York Regiment. Three of them received appointments when the New York line was reorganized in November 1776. Samuel Sacket (1724–1780) of Westchester County became a captain in Col. Henry Beekman Livingston’s 4th New York Regiment. Samuel Tredwell Pell (d. 1786) was made a captain in Col. Phillip Van Cortlandt’s 2d New York Regiment, and Isaac Van Wart (Van Woert, Van Wert; 1750–1840) of Westchester County joined Van Cortlandt’s regiment as a first lieutenant. Sacket remained a captain in the 4th New York until his death in April 1780 (see Sacket to the New York council of safety, 28 June 1777, N.Y. Prov. Congress Journals description begins Journals of the Provincial Congress, Provincial Convention, Committee of Safety, and Council of Safety of the State of New-York, 1775–1776–1777. 2 vols. Albany, 1842. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 1:982). Pell served as a captain in the 2d New York Regiment until June 1783. Van Wart was promoted to captain in the 2d New York Regiment in October 1778 and resigned his commission as lieutenant in April 1779 after he became lame.

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