Hd Qrs near Passaick July 22d 1780.
Since I wrote You on the 18th I have received a letter from Genl Muhlenberg of the 11th transmitting me a List of the Officers mentioned below, belonging to Colo. Gists Regiment, who were omitted in the Return he sent me before, and in consequence were not included in the Arrangement intended to take place for the present with respect to the Virginia Drafts, which I inclosed you. These Officers, it is true, do not belong to the Virginia line; but as the present formation of the Drafts is only the result of necessity, and the service will be benefitted by their having more Officers appointed to them, than those contained in the Arrangement transmitted; and as it will give employment to these Gentlemen and save the Continent at least the expense of employing as many as they amount to, You will be pleased to place them in the Corps of Drafts as I arranged them—or to form them into another Regiment, if it should appear more eligible, from a view of all circumstances and the number of Drafts that are or will be actually collected. I am, Sir, Yr Most Obed St
DLC: Papers of George Washington.