Timothy Pickering to Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.
War Office Feby 27. 1795.
Lt Colo. Butler, who commands at Fort Pitt, has suggested that probably many good recruits might be enlisted from the militia under Genl Morgan’s command. There is little doubt of considerable success if the attempt be made. I intended to have taken the President’s direction on this point, when I waited on him to-day; but it escaped me. I presume there can be no hazard in lessening the strength of Genl Morgan’s corps, by the deduction of the number of men who may enlist into the Legion: and the most favourable time to enlist will undoubtedly be before the time of their discharge. I shall be obliged by your informing me whether the President would approve the measure now suggested; that I may write by to-morrow’s post.1 Your obt servt
ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. Dandridge replied to Pickering this same day “that the President approves the carrying into effect the suggestion of Colo. Butler of enlisting recruits from the Militia under the command of Genl Morgan. at the same time the President thinks it proper that Genl Morgan should be written to on the subject, & his cooperation requested” (DLC:GW). Pickering wrote Gen. Daniel Morgan on 28 Feb.: “The small number of regular troops now on foot, and the rapid diminution of their numbers by the continual expiration of their enlistments, renders it necessary to embrace every means of replacing them by recruits.” Morgan was asked to promote “to the utmost of your power” the enlistment of troops from the militia composing his army, a measure that GW “entirely approves” (NN: Myers Collection).