George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 27 March 1780

Highlands 27th of March 1780

Dear Sir

I inclose you a Letter from Col. Badlam expecting an Exchange betwixt the Majors Ballard & Maxwell—your Excellency will perceive by the [T]enour of Badlam’s Letter, that this is wish’d for by [the] commandg Officers of their Battns, & by the Officers [in] general, whom it immediately concerns. I am Dear Sir with great Respect your most obedient Servant

Robert Howe

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


West Point 14th March 1780

Dear General,

As all the Gentlemen Officers belonging to the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment, are very desirous, that Major Maxwell be appointed Major to said regiment. Could wish if consistent that your honour, would be pleased to order, that Major Maxwell be appointed to join the 2nd Regiment, although he is commissioned to the 15th yet by an agreement, between Colo. Bailey who commands the 2nd & Colo. Biglow (who commands the 13th he is to join Colo. Bailey’s in consequence of Col. Baileys & Biglows agreement. The council of Massachusetts state have granted a warrant, to Major Ballard, to be commissioned to the 15th & his Warrant is sent to the Honorable Board of War, so their (in my opinion) no doubt but he will be commissioned to the 15th. Colo. Biglow is well satisfied with Major Ballard & Colo. Bailey wishes for Major Maxwell. Your Honour’s compliance will lay a very great obligation upon your Obt & humble Servt

Ezra Badlam

Lieutenant Colo.

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