George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Oliver Spencer, 9 April 1779

To Colonel Oliver Spencer

Hd Qrs [Middlebrook] 9th April 1779


Col. Malcom’s regiment has been ordered to join your’s at Minisinck and is now on its march for that purpose.1 When it arrives, agreeable to the intention of Congress the two regiments are to be incorporated into one.2 Inclosed is the arrangement of the Captains and subalterns who are to compose it.3 After these have been selected, the remainder are to be considered as supernumeraries. The field officers are still undecided—I have lately pressed a decision; but have not received an answer. So soon as it comes to me it shall be communicated to the Gentlemen concerned. I am Sir Your most Obedt servant.

You will hold the regiment in readiness to march at the shortest notice. The Cloths you sent for have been directed to meet you at Wyoming.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2For the consolidations of the Additional Continental Regiments commanded by colonels William Malcom, Oliver Spencer, John Patton and Thomas Hartley, see Hartley to GW, 1 March, and n.5 to that document; see also GW to McDougall, 16 March.

3The enclosure, which Maj. Joseph Prowell had enclosed in his letter to GW of 5 April, has not been identified.

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