George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel David Hall, 21 June 1779

To Colonel David Hall

Smith’s in the Clove [N.Y.] June 21: 1779


I have received your letter of the 17th.1

You will be pleased to comply with the requisition of the state for three or more officers according to the number of officers your regiment can spare in its present state without injury to the service.2

Capt. McLean & his Company is now attached to Major Lee’s corps3 and will not interfere with the officers of your regiment.

So soon as the stores at Middle Brook and in the vicinity are so far removed as that the remainder is not an object with the enemy, you will proceed with your regiment to join the army.4 I am Sir Yr most Obedt hum. servant.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This letter has not been found.

2After considering “a Return of the present State of the Delaware Regiment” that showed it “to be deficient in Numbers,” the Delaware House of Assembly had passed a resolution on 2 June “to apply to General Washington, or the Commanding Officer of the Regiment afsd. forthwith to order three or more Officers from the said Regiment into this State upon the Recruiting Service” (Del. House Proceedings, description begins Claudia L. Bushman et al., eds. Proceedings of the Assembly of the Lower Counties on the Delaware, 1770–1776, of the Constitutional Convention of 1776, and of the House of Assembly of the Delaware State, 1776–1781. Newark, Del., 1986. description ends 443).

3For this transfer of Capt. Allen McLane’s company, see GW to Henry Lee, Jr., 9 June, and n.2 to that document.

4GW did not order Hall to rejoin the main army until late August (see GW to Hall, 28 and 31 Aug., both in DLC:GW).

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