George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Captain Edward Snickers, 19 January 1777

To Captain Edward Snickers

Morris Town in New Jersey Jan. 19th 1777.

Dr Sir,

We are in want of a Waggon Master Genl to the Army. If you Incline to accept of that Office I will appoint you to it. in this case, do not delay a moments time in repairing to the Army, or to Genl Mifflin, the Quarter Master Genl from whom you will receive your Orders. at any rate, send word by return of the bearer (who comes express to you) whether you will, or will not accept, as the exigency of the Service will not admit either of doubt, or delay.

You will have the pay of Colonel allowed you. that is, Twenty two pounds ten shillings pr Kalender Month; Dollars at Six Shillings, I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obed. Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. You will be allowed a Clerk for keeping your Accts and doing the necessary Writing.

ADfS, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW docketed the draft: “Copy of a Letter to Capt. Edd Snickers & in case of his refusl to Colo. Vale Crawford 19th Jan. 1777.”

Edward Snickers (d. 1791) ran an ordinary near Buck Marsh Run in Frederick (now Clarke) County, Va., and operated a ferry across the Shenandoah River. Snickers apparently declined GW’s offer to become wagonmaster of the Continental army although he did provide supplies to some of the Virginia regiments during the war.

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