George Washington Papers

General Orders, 12 February 1781

General Orders

Head Quarters New Windsor Monday February 12. 1781.

Parole Countersigns.——

The Honorable the Congress have been pleased to pass the following Resolution:

Whereas by the late Arrangement of the Army there is a supernumerary officer allowed to each regiment to reside in the State to which such regiment belongs for the purpose of transacting all necessary business for the regiment, therefore:

Resolved That the Resolution of the 4th of september 1778 allowing officers three dollars a day for expences on business not incidental to their offices be and is hereby repealed from and after the first day of March next.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

On this date, GW’s aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton wrote Board of Treasury commissioner William Denning: “We are all very unhappy that we cannot have the pleasure of accepting your invitation on account of a journey we are on the point of making. The General and Mrs. Washington request me to present their respects to you and Mrs. Denning and make their apology. The Marquis does the same. He is of the traveling party” (Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 2:558). GW intended to travel to Newport to meet with the French commanders.

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