George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Samuel Holden Parsons, 20 June 1780

Head Quarters Springfield 20th June 1780.

Dear Sir,

You will be pleased to repair immediately to the State of Connecticut and take upon you the Superintendance of receiving and forwarding the drafts of that State to the Army. I do not know the place appointed for their rendezvous, but as soon as you have made yourself acquainted with it, you will give notice to all the Officer’s who are in Connecticut upon the recruiting service to meet you at the place of rendezvous, from whence you will send them off to West point with divisions of the Drafts under their charge. I shall direct a Field Officer (in case the Line should not be there) to attend at West point to receive the Men and keep them together, untill an equal and just distribution can be made of them among the Regiments. You will be pleased to attend carefully to the condition of the Men: should any have been passed by the State Commissioners who are not fit for the service you are to reject them, and note the names of the persons and the causes of rejection.

As I would wish to have these Men at West Point as expeditiously as possible, you will send them forward in divisions of twenty five or thirty, should no more be ready.

I shall expect to hear from you upon your arrival in Connecticut and after you have made yourself somewhat acquainted with the State of Matters there. I am, with great Regard, Dear Sir, Yr most obt Servt

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