George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General John Sullivan, 12 November 1778

To Major General John Sullivan

Head Quarters Fredericksburg [N.Y.]
12th Nvr 1778.

Dear sir.

I was duly favoured with your letter of the 4th instant.

The officers of Colonel Henleys Regiment shall not have occasion to complain for their commissions, if you will only direct an accurate return of the names, rank, and dates of their appointments properly authenticated. When I receive this I shall order commissions to be made out, and take the first opportunity to transmit them. But you will take precautions against the insertion of appointments not legally made; admitting those only of the first instance, or of a regular succession confirmed by proper officers.1 I am Dr Sir your most hble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, NjP: Armstrong Photostats; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Capt. Lemuel Trescott forwarded the desired return to GW on 17 November.

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