George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Board of War, 5 May 1780

Head Quarters Morris Town 5th May 1780


By the inclosed letter from Colo. Putnam to General Howe, which has been transmitted by him to me, it appears that when the arrangement of the Massachusetts line was settled at West Point last fall there was a mistake in dating the appointments of some of the subalterns of the 5th Regt occasioned by the absence of the Colonel-- As this may be rectified, without interrupting the general arrangement of the line, it being confined to subalterns who rise regimentally, you will oblige me by directing new Commissions to be made out, in place of the eight inclosed, agreeable to the arrangement herewith transmitted, which Colo. Putnam informs will give satisfaction to all parties--On the 20th March last, I returned the Board some Commissions of the subalterns of the 8th Massachusetts Rt under similar circumstances with the above--If new Commissions are made out for them, I could wish to have them forwarded, as the officers have several times applied for them. I have the honor &c.

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