George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Temple, 28 June 1779

To Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Temple

Head Quarters New Windsor June 28th 1779


I have received your favour of the 6th1—Before this I suppose you have received marching orders from Col. Bland to whom they were transmitted2—It is my wish the dragoons should get on to the place of their destination, as soon as possible. You will be pleased to address yourself to General Scot for his directions for your future government.3

With respect to the expences of the regiment on the march I have directed General Scot to make the necessary arrangements with the Commissary and Forage master.4

The particular exigency justified the step you took with respect to Cloathing. I am, with great regard Sir Your most Obedt servt.

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

1Temple’s letter to GW of 6 June has not been found, but two sentences from it appear in GW’s letter to Charles Scott of this date.

2See GW to Theodorick Bland, 21 May, and n.1. to that document. Temple commanded Bland’s cavalry regiment as it prepared to join the southern army while Bland oversaw the Convention Army prisoners near Charlottesville, Virginia.

3GW had assigned Brig. Gen. Charles Scott to command new Continental levies being raised in Virginia to reinforce the southern army.

4See n.1 above.

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