John Stagg, Jr., to Tobias Lear
War department, Feb: 17th 1791.
By direction of the Secretary of War, I have the honor to transmit you, the enclosed return1 of the General and Field Officers who served in the late army, for the inspection of the President of the United States.2 I am Sir, with great respect, Your most obedt Servt
Jno. Stagg Junr
ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. In the letter-book copy an asterisk is inserted at this point. A note at the bottom of the letter reads: “see the sewed book No. 2 in the Department of War.”
2. The enclosure has not been found. Henry Knox met with GW on 17 Feb. 1791 and apparently discussed lands designated for officers of the Continental army. They may also have discussed the issue of the relative rank of officers to be appointed in the expanded regular army (see Knox to GW, 1 Mar. 1791). On 18 Feb. 1791 Lear wrote a note to Knox, which reads: “I return, herewith, the book which you left with the President yesterday, containing the names of the Officers of the late Army entitled to lands. The President directs me to inform you that he has not yet received the list which you yesterday promised to furnish him with” (DLC:GW).