George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 15 October 1779

From Major General William Heath

Mandevilles [Dutchess County, N.Y.]
Octr 15th 1779

Dear General

I am under the necessity of troubling your Excellency with the enclosed papers which have been sent me by General Parsons—The one respecting Mr Adjutant Barker yesterday the other this morning1—As the Connecticutt Line have been arranged by a Committee or Board of Officers and such arrangements sent to the Board of War or Congress I do not conceive it proper for me to take any other step than to represent the matter to your Excellency and beg your direction.2 I apprehend that the late inquiry into the pretensions of Cleft and Watson has induced others who think themselves injured to request the same favor which they consider an act of justice.3 I have the honor to be very respectfully your Excellencies most Obedt Servt

W. Heath

Copy, MHi: Heath Papers. The docket of this letter reads: “To Genl Washington respectg officers in the Connecticut Line desiring Court of inquiry.”

1These enclosures have not been identified.

2For GW’s reply, see his first letter to Heath of 20 October.

3For the inquiry into the rank dispute between Maj. Wills Clift and Capt. Titus Watson, see General Orders, 10 Sept. and 9 Oct.; see also GW to Heath, 6 September.

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