George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Thomas Hartley, 9 April 1777

To Colonel Thomas Hartley

Head quarters Morris Town. 9th April 1777


Colo. Wilkinson’s personal attachment for General Gates has induced him to be one of his Aids de Camp, & to apply for leave to resign his Command in your Batn. To this I have consented; and have now to inform you, that the general good Character of Maj. Conner (formerly Genl Armstrong’s B. Majr) has induced me to appoint him to that Vacancy: in discharge of which office I trust he will acquit himself honourably & greatly to your satisfaction—So soon as I can spare him from business he is discharging in the line of Adjutant Genl pro tempore, he will join you—This I hope will soon be; the Gentleman designed for that office being expected.1 I am &c.


Df, in George Johnston’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The word “soon” is struck at this place in the draft. Timothy Pickering became adjutant general on 18 June 1777 (see General Orders, that date).

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