To Colonel Lewis Nicola
Head Quarters West-Point 8th Octobr 1779.
I received your favour of the 18th Ulto in due time,1 but I have lately been so exceedingly engaged, that I had not leisure to take up the Business it refers to sooner—It appears to me, that all the men who Joined the invalid Corps, previous to the 23d of January, may be paid the gratuity of 100 dollars without any further proof than their own words2—If any have Joined since, let their names be returned to the Adjutant General with the Regiment to which they belonged, and inquiry may be made of the Commanding Officers, whether they may have not inlisted in Camp, for the War, and received large Bounties. Take Receipts from those, to whom you pay the Gratuity, specifying that they are engaged for the War, and have them borne as such upon the next muster Rolls—producing this letter to the Board of War, will I immagine procure you the necessary sum of Gratuity money. I am Sir Your most Obedt Servt
Df, in Caleb Gibbs’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. This letter has not been found.
2. For the general orders announcing the payment of this gratuity to soldiers who had enlisted for the duration of the war, see General Orders, 8 July; see also JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 14:758.