George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Board of War, 10 April 1779

To the Board of War

Head Quarters Middle Brook April 10th 1779


I have been duly honored with your favour of the 31st of, March, which, through hurry of business has been hitherto unanswered.1 From the relation in several respects between the duties of the office of Adjutant General and those of the Inspectorship; I pe[r]ceive advantages that would result from uniting them in a certain degree; but I am induced notwithstanding to recommend, that nothing final may be done ’till the Baron arrives in camp. I will then speak to him upon the subject and after a conference between him and the Adjutant General, I will take the liberty to give the Board my opinion more explicitly, whether the two offices ought to be united, and in what particular manner.2 With very great respect I have the honor to be Gentlemen Your most Obed. servt.

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

1This letter, which GW also acknowledged in his first letter to the Board of War of 4 April, has not been found.

2Major General Steuben returned to camp from Philadelphia on 25 April, and after conferring with him, GW wrote to the Board of War on 3 May that they had agreed that the adjutant general should act as an assistant to the inspector general.

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