George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Board of War, 21 November 1780

From the Board of War

War Office [Philadelphia] Nov. 21st 80


Captain McIntire the Bearer represents to the Board that from some former Orders of ours he does not think himself at Liberty to leave the Western Department & join the main Army & has desired a Letter to your Excellency containing our Assent to his serving in the Army under your immediate Command. We have represented to him the Embarrassments which will attend his Promotion or Command in the Main Army but have consented to his going to Head Quarters & taking Your Orders & Advice on the Subject. We have the Honour to be with the greatest respect & Esteem Your very obedient Servts

Richard Peters By Order


Capt. Thomas McIntire had secured leave to visit Philadelphia (see Daniel Brodhead to GW, 17 Oct.). He remained in the east into the winter, when he conveyed a letter during the mutiny in the Pennsylvania line (see Anthony Wayne to GW, 12 Jan. 1781, DLC:GW). Congress read a memorial from McIntire on 12 Feb. 1781 and referred it to the Board of War (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 , 19:140). McIntire apparently returned to the western department to complete his military service.

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