War Office May 19th 1780
I have the Honor to transmit your Excellency, Copy of a petition, addressed to the Council of Pensylvania from a number of Inhabitants of Northumberland County respecting the Conduct of Lt Colonel Wiltner, together with a Letter from president Reid on the Subject. I have the Honor to be with the highest respect Your Excellencys most obedt Hble Servts
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
In Council Phila. May 15th 1780
We some time ago forwarded to you a petition from Northumberland County against Colo. Weltner it is but Justice to send you one of a contrary tenor. It is most likely they have got into parties in the County on this subject, and if so, their complaints as well as commendations must be taken with some allowance. I am Gentlmen with respect and regard Your most obt Servt
c.19 May 1780
To The Hon’ble The Supreme Executive Council of the State of Pensylva. The Petition of a number of the Inhabitants of Northumberland County. Humbly Sheweth
That your Petitioners have seen the Copy of a Memorial signed John Byers against Colo. Weltner for Irregularity committed in quartering his Troops in Sunbury. That the Said Memorial tends to create Discord and Confusion betwixt the said Troops, and the Inhabitants of this County; which at all times ought to be avoided, but more especially at this critical conjuncture, when every good man would chearfully sacrifice his private resentments to the General Safety—and when our most vigorous and united efforts scarcely promise the continuance of our existance as a County.
That Colo. Weltner has observed the greatest Decorum in quartering his Troops in Northumberland Town & not a Single Individual has been insulted—The Officers & Privates behaving with the greatest Decency and Civility.
That Colo. Weltner is a Gentleman in whose Conduct and Fidelity we can confide; and altho’ the necessary Arrangement of his Troops in forming a chain of Posts on our Frontiers renders him absolutely unable Speedily to turn out large and Sufficient parties in quest of the Enemy; Yet his Zeal for the Public good, and the vigilance and activity of his Officers is perfectly Satisfactory, they having done every thing in thier power for the safety & welfare of this County.
When we consider the purport of said Memorial (altho’ certified by Such respectable names) and the distress necessarily attending so Severe a Season, we are astonished, and are led to suspect that some cause less Honorable than the ostensible one was the occasion thereof.
We therefore humbly pray that Colo. Weltner may Suffer no dimunition in Honors or Command by the said Memorial but may be continued with his Regiment in this County And Your Petitioners, as in duty bound, Shall ever Pray.