George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Continental Congress Committee on the Pennsylvania Line, 15 January 1781

From the Continental Congress
Committee on the Pennsylvania Line

Trenton Janry 15th 1781


We have hitherto given Your Excellency Intelligence from time to time of the State of things respecting the Pennsylvania line, and have now the Pleasure to Inform you, that the terms agreed on by the Committe from the Executive Council of Pennsylvania with them are now carrying into Execution, in as peaceable and Quiet a manner as could possibly be expected—two Regts have been already settled with—with regard to their terms of Enlistments and for want of their Enlistments and attestations being produced a great proportion of them have had Certificates to be discharged They on their part have deliverd up the Spies Sent from Sr Harry Clinton, who have been both Executed, by the Sentence of a Board of officers composed of Genls Wayne [and] Irwin, Cols: Butler, Stewart & Majr Fishbourne.1

We Enclose Yr Excellency a Copy of the terms which are the Grounds on which their Claims are to be adjusted2—and we have remain’d here to Inter pose the Authority or Judgment of Congress in case of necessity shd it have been found necessary in the Course of adjusting them—but have hitherto kept that Influence as much as possible in reserve Altho by being on the Spot we have shewn that it is the disposition of Congress to do them strict Justice, Their Board of Sergeants Still Continue to sit and Issue orders—and absolutely refuse to give up their Authority to their officers untill the whole matter is finally settled. indeed there Seems to be an impasable breach between the Men and their officers, and a Total want of Confidence in them. We are Yr Excellency’s Most obedt Se[rvan]ts

by order of the Committee Jno. Sullivan

1For the trial and execution of these spies, see Continental Congress Committee on the Pennsylvania Line to GW, 10–11 Jan., notes 3 and 7.

2This enclosure has not been identified. For the terms, see Anthony Wayne to GW, 8 Jan., n.1.

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