George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Rutledge, 7 May 1779

To John Rutledge

Camp at Middle brook New Jersey 7th May 1779


Colonel Parker who will have the honr of presenting this Letter to your Excellency is a volunteer in the Service of the Southern States, and goes with many others from this Camp to take charge of & march the recruits lately raised in the State of Virginia (for its Regiments now here) to Georgia. In Colo. Parker and several others who voluntarily offer themselves for this Service your Excellency will, I trust, experience good Officers. Such as come under this discription will, I am perswaded, attract your notice & protection.

The Brigade (for I presume there will be Men enough to form three compleat Regiments) will be commanded I expect by Brigr Genl Scott who is now in Virginia and who I can venture to recommend as a good Man, & a brave & intelligent Officer, I hope his health will permit him to join you.1 I am with great esteem & respect, Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ADfS, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW wrote at the bottom of the draft: “Note, A Copy was also sent to the commanding Officer of the Troops there,” presumably meaning Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln.

1For an explanation of this deployment, see GW to Richard Parker, this date.

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