George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel William Malcom, 9 August 1777

From Colonel William Malcom

[Smith’s] Clove [N.Y.] August 9 1777


I am sorry to inform, your Excellency; that there are but Six men, inlisted in my Regiment, Since the Return, which I had the Honor to present, to you at Pompton.

I have by memorial, to the Councill of Safety of this State, Sollicited the encouragement, they have given their State Regiments—but to no effect.

Capt. Hallet cannot be found. the more Surprizing, as he was informed by Capt. Hunter, in June, that he was Attach’d to my Regimt.

Your Excellency, will perceive, by the Return, that Capt. Thom, hath been Very Unsuccessful in recruiting1—he was among the first of General Clintons appointments—I am at a loss to determine the propriety of furnishing him with money, of which I have received 2000 dollars, Your Excellency will be pleased to decide upon that Subject.

We find much difficulty in procuring cloathing & Accoutrements—hitherto we have only got firelocks and Shirts—It is a part of Col. Burrs business to procure an Order for what Stores your Excellency thinks proper.

I Keep a Competent Number of Officers to do duty with the Regiment and the Residue on Recruiting Service. I have the Honor to be with due Respect Your Excellency’s most Obed. Servant

W. Malcom

ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW.

1The enclosed return has not been identified. Nathaniel Tom (Tomm; Thom), who served as a captain in the New York militia levies in the summer and fall of 1776, was commissioned a captain in Malcom’s Additional Continental Regiment in April 1777.

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