George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Moses Hazen, 21 March 1779

To Colonel Moses Hazen

Head Quarters Middle Brook 21st March 1779


I am favd with yours of the 13th I do not know that there is any provision made for procuring Hunting Shirts for the Army or that the Stock of linen will allow of it.1 I cannot therefore give an order in favor of any particular Regt If the States undertake to furnish these to their own troops, it is done without my knowledge or interference. The inclosed Copy of a Resolve of Congress, will I hope prove satisfactory to those Corps which do not belong properly to any particular State.2 Your Regiment being one of those included in the Resolve, you will be pleased to pay due attention to the Contents and make the proper Returns to intitle the Officers and Men to the priviledges of the States to which they belong. I am &.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; copy (extract), DLC:GW, series 9; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The extract consists of the letter’s last two sentences.

1For the shortage of hunting shirts available to the Continental army, see GW to Timothy Pickering, 26 March, and n.2 to that document.

2GW is referring to Congress’s resolution of 15 March requiring that all Continental troops who had not been previously apportioned to specific states, such as those in Hazen’s 2d Canadian Regiment, be so apportioned so that all who served would be eligible for state support and benefits. The enclosed copy of this resolution has not been identified, but see John Jay to GW, 15 March, n.1.

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