George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 31 May 1778

To George Clinton

Head Quarters Valley Forge 31st May 1778

Dear Sir

I do myself the honor to inclose you a letter which Mr Morris sent open for my inspection.1 I shall only add that the mode of promotion which he points out is exactly conformable to the Rule established by a Board of General Officers on the 29th October last.2 It is absolutely necessary that some fixed principles should be settled for regulating promotions, and it would be attended by the most happy consequences could all the states adopt one and the same Rule. I am &ca.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See Gouverneur Morris to GW, 27–28 May, and note 2 of that document.

2Tilghman wrote and then marked out these additional words: “and which seems to give general satisfaction to the line of the Army.” See Council of War, 29 Oct. 1777.

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