To Peter Scull
Head Quarters Middlebrook 25th May 1779.
I have duly received your favors of the 10th and 19th—with their several transmissions.1
Inclosed is a report of a board of officers on the relative rank of Capns Finney and McClelan with their commissions.2 You will be pleased to alter their respective dates agreeable to the report.
A number of resignations accompany this;3 you will return commissions for the officers that rise in succession. I am Sir &
Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
2. The enclosed report has not been identified. McHenry had written to the Pennsylvania field officers from headquarters at Middlebrook on 9 May: “His Excellency desires you to take into consideration the dispute of rank between Capn Finney & Capn McLeland—with such othere claims of officers as may be connected or involved in their dispute—and to report on the same. I herewith transmit you all the papers respecting the matter” (DLC:GW).
3. The enclosed letters of resignation have not been identified.