George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General William Thompson, 23 July 1778

To Brigadier General William Thompson

Head Quarters White plains 23 July 1778

Dr Sir

Your favor of the 19th Inst. was duly received.

I have not as yet had the least intimation of your parole; but should it come into my hands I shall take a pleasure in its early transmission, and be happy to see you again with the army.

It is entirely out of my power to do any thing either in the case of Mr Coats or Mr Noarth, as all aides agreeable to a late resolve of congress are to be taken from the line.1 The matter therefore only lays with Congress. I am Sir &c.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1. GW may be referring to the army establishment resolution of 27 May, which specified that the major generals should appoint their aides “out of the captains or subalterns” ( JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 11:542).

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