George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons, 3 May 1779

From Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons

Redding [Conn.] 3d May 1779

Dear General

On reviewing my Letter of Yesterday I find I have not fully expresd my Intentions respecting the March of the Brigade under my Command.

I suppose from the Tenor of your Excellency’s Letters an immediate Danger is apprehended at the North River and in that Case it becomes necessary to reinforce those Posts sooner than it will be possible to collect my Baggage & out Guards and march my Brigade; and therefore orderd Genl Huntington’s Brigade to march which have been held collected for that Purpose since the Orders of the 23d of April1 this Brigade marches with very little Baggage; on the Arrival of my Horses in Camp which I expect in a few Days, my Brigade can march to releive Huntington’s which will return unless otherwise orderd. this will keep the proposd Strength at the North River, which is not possible to be there seasonably if none are to march before my Brigade can be ready with their Baggage &c.

I have sent Lt Jones’s Commission and the proper Certificates for his Discharge.2 I am with Esteem & Respect, Yr Excellency’s Obedt Servt

Saml H. Parsons


1GW’s letter of 23 April was addressed to Israel Putnam; Parsons opened it in Putnam’s absence.

2Second Lt. Israel Jones, Jr. (1753–1812) of the 7th Connecticut Regiment had written to GW on 2 May from Redding, Conn.: “actuated by the Purest Sentiments of Love to my Country I was induced to Except of A Commission in the Continental Army and have Served for Some years past but finding my Self unfit to Serve any Longer by a Season of Some particular Bodily infirmities which together with Circumstances of my Domestic affairs and not well Pleased with the New Commissions Given out by the Congress I Must beg your Excellencies Indulgence of a Discharge from the Service” (DNA:RG 93, War Department).

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