George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General John Sullivan, 14 February 1777

From Major General John Sullivan

Chatham [N.J.] Feby 14th 1777

Dear General

I am Informed by Letter from the president of the Councill of New Hampshire Informing That that State Sensible of Colo. Scammells merit appointed him Colo. of one of their Regiments though he was from another State1—I conclude therefore that as This appointment was Accepted by him before yo⟨ur⟩ Excys orders could have Reached him & as the (Infamous New England) Bounty will be an Inducement to the Soldiers he will hold that appointment. Your Excy will therefore please to Supply officers to that Regiment of Such persons, As your wisdom Shall Direct. I have the honor to be your Excellencys most obedient Servant

Jno. Sullivan

ALS, DLC:GW. The material in angle brackets is mutilated.

1Sullivan is referring to New Hampshire council president Meschech Weare’s letter to him of 14 Dec. 1776, which has not been identified, but which Sullivan mentioned in his letter to Weare of 13 Feb. 1777 (see Bouton, N.H. State Papers description begins Nathaniel Bouton, ed. State Papers. Documents and Records Relating to the State of New-Hampshire during the Period of the American Revolution, from 1776 to 1783 . . .. In New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers, vol. 8. 1874. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends , 8:490–92). The New Hampshire house of representatives appointed Scammell colonel of “the third Continental Battalion to be raised in this State, during the Warr” on 10 Dec. 1776 (see ibid., 413).

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