To Brigadier General Mordecai Gist
Head Quarters Middle Brook 10th Feby 1779
The unsettled state of the Maryland Line will require the utmost attention pains and care to organize it before the opening of the next Campaign. That you may assist in that necessary work and perform the other duties incident to the Rank to which you have lately been appointed I must request your attendance with the Army immediately after the receipt of this.1 I am Sir Yr most obt Servt.
Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. Congress had promoted Mordecai Gist to brigadier general on 9 Jan. (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 , 13:46). For Gist’s delay in returning to the army, see his letter to GW of 18 February.