George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Israel Shreve, 21 May 1779

To Colonel Israel Shreve

Head Quarters Middlebrook 21st May 1779.


I have duly received your favor of yesterdays date.1

The Inclosed letter to Mr Daniel De Hart contains a permission for Mrs Chamier and her daughter, a chariot two horses—a servant and baggage to pass to Maryland.2 You will therefore suffer her on her coming from New York to proceed on her journey.

I shall write to the board of war for the alteration in the dates of Appleton and Pecks commissions.3 I am sir &


Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This letter has not been found.

2The enclosed letter has not been found, but for GW’s permission to Achsah Chamier, see the Maryland Council to GW, 29 April, n.1.

3Abraham Appleton served as a surgeon’s mate in the 2d New Jersey Regiment from December 1775 until November 1776; he subsequently became an ensign in the regiment and, in February 1777, was promoted to second lieutenant. He was later commissioned a first lieutenant with a commission dating from December 1777, and in 1782 served as a brigade quartermaster.

John Peck (c.1754–c.1795) was appointed a second lieutenant in the 2d New Jersey Regiment in November 1776, and later was promoted to first lieutenant with a commission dating from November 1777. He remained in service until the end of the war, sometimes acting as regimental paymaster. After the war, Peck corresponded briefly with GW concerning the New Jersey Society of the Cincinnati; see his letters to GW of 16 Aug. and 4 Sept. 1786, in Papers, Confederation Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Confederation Series. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1992–97. description ends , 4:217–18, 238. GW wrote to the Board of War about Appleton’s and Peck’s commissions on 22 May 1779 (second letter).

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