George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General John Glover, 4 May 1779

To Brigadier General John Glover

Hd Qrs Middlebrook 4 May 1779


I have to acknowlege your two favors of the 2d and 26 ultimo.

When I directed your brigade to hold itself in readiness to march it was with an intention to employ it elsewhere for the common interest.1 How far this will permit me to dispense with the former order I cannot at this instant decidedly say—In a few days I possibly may determine whether two or three regiments of the other Brigade may not answer my views, of which you will be further informed.2

My wish is to give content, and to cover every State as far as the means in my hands will permit. But it will occur to you that the most vulnerable parts and those on which our common safety depends should claim a principal share of our attention. this will often make changes in the disposition of troops necessary—and put it out of my power to reconcile it to every interest.

With respect to your commission, the application shall be made to Congress or the board of war.3 I am sir &.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; LS (fragment), sold on eBay, June 2004; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Maj. Gen. John Sullivan had requested Glover’s brigade for his forthcoming expedition against the Six Nations; see Sullivan to GW, 16 April, and GW to Horatio Gates, 17 April.

2The preparations for the removal of Glover’s regiment from Rhode Island were suspended; see GW to William Greene, 11 May.

3GW wrote to Peter Scull on 5 May: “Some time since Brigadier General Glover applied to me for his commission as Brigadier, which had not been sent him on his appointment to that rank—I am now to request that you will take measures to have it transmitted me, that it may be forwarded to Gen. Glover” (LS, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW).

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