George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Samuel Blachley Webb, 1 February 1777

From Colonel Samuel Blachley Webb

Wethersfield in Connecticut Feby 1st 1777.

I am sorry to inform your Excellency I have this morning received an answer from Govr Trumbull that I cannot have the Bounty which is given the Eight Battallions raiseing in this State,1 Most of my Officers were appointed some of them began to recruit and to appearances my Regiment would have been early to take the Field, my Instructions were to promise the Men the same Bounty and allowances which others Received from this State, I shall continue to enlist on that footing in hopes of being able to get my request granted, should I not—the Men cannot be holden, I must entreat your Excellencies Instructions as early as possible. The Govr with part of His Council were for granting Me the Bounty, but a Majority of them tho’t it could not be done but by calling the Assembly—I have not a doubt a Letter from your Excellency to the Governor seting forth the propriety of the matter would be a means of rendering further Applications unnecessary, inclosed is a Copy of the Governors Letter—I have acquainted him of his mistake in regard to my encouragement being greater than those of the Eighty Eight. I am exceedingly unhappy to trouble you so frequent on this subject, but as I conceive my Reputation as well as the public good at Stake, I hope it will be a Sufficient Apoligy. with Respects to your family—I have the Honor to be Your Excellencies Most Obedt & Very Hume Servt

Samel B. Webb

I have part of the Cloathing ready for my Men—which I find a great Inducement to them to enlist.2

ALS, ViMtvL.

1For Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.’s letter to Webb of 31 Jan., see Ford, Webb Correspondence and Journals description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford, ed. Correspondence and Journals of Samuel Blachley Webb. 3 vols. New York, 1893–94. description ends , 1:187–88.

2Q.M. Gen. Thomas Mifflin had written Webb on 18 Jan. to inform him that “Colonel Webb has [GW’s] Orders to appropriate so much of the scarlet Cloathing (taken from the Enemy at Sea) as will be sufficient to cloath One Regiment. The said Cloathing to be set apart for his Regt” (CtY: Webb Papers).

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