George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons, 4 April 1777

From Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons

N[ew] Haven [Conn.] 4th April 1777


some of The Troops of this State began their March to join the Army Yesterday. they probably will arive at the North River about next Tuesday or Wednesday,1 the Number I am not able to inform your Excellency as they march from distant Parts of the State & are to rendezvous at Danbury where I expect Lt Col. Butler will take the Command of the Party; I shall be able by next Post to give the Numbers which have marchd & also the Number of Recruits in the State; I have never been able to procure any Return from Col. Webb or Col. Chandler nor has Col. Swift made One with that Certainty that I can rely upon but I believe I shall have his Return soon; I shall send on the Troops as fast as I can possibly but a Subaltern’s Command from a Regt & believe you may expect the Men to arrive in small Detachments every Week or perhaps more than Once a Week. I feel myself exceedingly distresd that the Troops are so backward & the recruiting Service so Slowly prosecuted: I am conscious I have omitted no Pains to arm, Cloth & forward the marching the Levies & Nothing on my Part shall be wanting: the Regts from which I have Returns are at present as is Subjoind exclusive of Officers. I don’t know when, or whether ever I shall procure Returns from the other Regiments unless yr Excellency should give such orders as would render it my Duty to take Measures with those Officers which will be disagreable. I am yr Excellency’s he Ser.

Saml H. Parsons

Huntington 250
Wyllys 193
Bradly 320
Durkee 163
S. Webb 130
Meigs 3 Compy2 70
Douglass 276
Swift Supposd 150
Webb [ ]
Chandler [ ]


1These days were 8 and 9 April.

2Return Jonathan Meigs was lieutenant colonel of Col. Henry Sherburne’s Additional Continental Regiment, which was to consist of three companies from eastern Connecticut and three companies from Rhode Island.

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