George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Gunning Bedford, 20 January 1777

From Gunning Bedford

Philada January [c.20]th 1777.

Hond Sir,

As I promised your Excelly some fiew days ago;1 so I now take the liberty of transmitting to you, my sentiments on the subject of some Regulations to take place in my Department. The confusion that has attended the Office hitherto, & the difficulty of executing the duty of it, has given me much uneasiness; but those difficulties & that confusion, I hope your Excelly will see has been owing to the want of those fiew regulations, which I have pointed out.

I have been much more perticular in the nature of the Office &c., then there would have been occasion for, for your Execelly’s perusal; but as I did not know wither you might not think proper to lay the matter before Congress, I thought it necessary on that account. The Congress, from their little attention to the department, I am convinced, must in a great measure be ignorant of the nature & importance of it. However I am in hopes, if your Excelly will be so good as to take notice of the matter; that the Departmt will be put on such a footing, as may reflect credit on the Officers in the execution of it, & answer every good purpose, that the publick can wish or expect.

I must beg leave to remind your Excelly, again of Mr Chases letter.2 Col. Moylan has told me, you were so good, as to tel[l] him you would get him the pay & rank of Colonel, if he continued in the Office. If your Excelly could think proper to make that the line with respect to me, I should think myself under many additional Obligations.

I hope to have the pleasure of seeing your Excelly in a fiew days. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect, your Excelly’s much Oblidged most obedt very Hbble Servt

Gunn’g Bedford

ALS, DNA:PCC, item 152. The day of the month is omitted in the dateline of this letter, but Bedford writes in the opening paragraph that his letter to GW of 15 Jan. was written “some fiew days ago.”

2For Samuel Chase’s letter to GW, which has not been found, see Bedford to GW, 15 Jan., and note 1.

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