George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Caesar Rodney, 13 July 1780

Dover 13 July 1780.


I heretofore informed you that the several Matters recommended by your Excellency and the Committee of Co-operation as well as those recommended by Congress were laid before the General Assembly, and since they adjourned wrote to your Excellency how far they had complied with the Several requisitons, but find by your Letter of the 30th Ulto I have not been sufficiently explicit with respect to filling up the State Regiment to the number of 504 Rank & File I am sorry to inform you that the Legislature have not otherwise complied therewith than by appointing Persons within the State to the Recruiting Service, owing, as I am informed by some of the Members, to the Regiment being to the Southward.

I have appointed the Officers and issued Orders for Assembling the Regiment directed to be raised from the Militia of this State, and am in expectation that they will be at the place of Rendezvous by the time asigned in your Letter of the 30th Ulto. However am of opinion, that the great bounties given for men to fill this will effectually prevent our recruiting in future the State-Regiment, which I am persuaded is of much more Importance.

You will find by the Act for furnishing Supplies of Provisions, Forage &c. The General Assembly have invested me with certain Powers for the more speedy obtaining the Same, Which powers your Excellency may be assured I shall vigorously and steadily exert for the Good of the Service. I am, Sir, with every Sentiment of Esteem & Respect, Your Excellency’s most obedient humble Servant

Caesar Rodney

DLC: Rodney Collection.

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