George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 5 February 1781

From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Hartford 5th febry 1781

Dear sir

I have the Honor ⅌ the Duke Lauzun to acknowlege the Receipt of your Favr of 29th Ulto—& most sincerely congratulate you on the happy Recovery of the Jersey Troops.1

I have to desire your Excellency will be so good as to Order the Invalids of the Line of Connecticut to be sent to this State to be employed in Service at N. London & at Simsbury—where they may be of Use to the Public & se[r]ve in their own State.

My Council declining to decide on the Matter of Gratuity to the Soldiers of our Line—I have concluded to make a Call of the General Assembly to meet me at this Place on the 21st Instant.2 I have the Honor to subscribe myself with the Wa[r]mest Esteem & Regard D. Sir Your Most Obedt Servt

Jonth; Trumbull

2The proposed gratuity was a response to GW’s circular letter to the New England States of 5 Jan.; see also GW to Henry Knox, 7 January. The Massachusetts legislature had already taken action on such a gratuity (see John Hancock to GW, this date; see also Trumbull to GW, 31 Jan.).

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