George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel William Butler, 12 November 1778

To Lieutenant Colonel William Butler

H.Q. [Fredericksburg, N.Y.] 12 Nov. 1778


your letter of the 28th Ulto was duly communicated by Doctor Jones.1

The arrangements for the winter being not yet complete your regiment will wait further orders. In the mean time I would be glad to know in what time you think your Regiment and Col. Morgans corps could move to Wyoming: you will also2 mention the difficulties and the best course for such a march at this season of the year.

In case I find it expedient to remove these two corps to Wyoming—your presence, will be necessary during the march—But When this is over, or if It should not take place I have no objection to complying with your visiting your family. This will be ascertained by the time I have your answer when I shall write you further on this subject.3

Lt Dover of your Regt has signified his desire on the 2d instant, to resign you will be pleased to report whether Mr Dover has any accounts with the public unsettled.4 I am Sir &c.

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

1This letter has not been found. James Jones (1756–1830) was appointed a surgeon’s mate in the 4th Pennsylvania Regiment in February 1778 and transferred to the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment in May 1779. Although his commission as surgeon dated from February 1780, he apparently had served as acting surgeon in the 4th and 6th Pennsylvania Regiments as early as 1777. He left the army in January 1781.

2McHenry wrote “aslo.”

3No reply from Butler has been found.

4Lt. John Dover’s letter of resignation, which may or may not have been addressed to GW, has not been identified.

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