July 23d 1780
I beg leave to inform Your Excellency, that my officers have not yet return’d from the respective Counties, I therefore cannot write with certainty, the number of Recruits wh. Your Excelly may expect to be rais’d in this way—The inclosed letter from Governor Reid to me will however, in a great degree convince you, that our Line cannot be implicated in the present mode.
To recruit men for the War appeard to me to be an object of great magnitude, I have therefore used every means in my power to set it on foot, I am happy in informing Your Excelly that at length I have preceeded—It is now going on, & as an encouragement each Soldier is to receive exclusive of his Lands, three half Johans. by way of Bounty—however, until Harvest is over, but few men can be expected even in this way.
I shou’d conceive that this business might be carried on briskly, on condition that a number of good Non commissioned Officers & good Music were sent on to the State. In a Day or two I shall forward to Your Excelly about 50 more Volunteers. I have the honor to be Your Excellys Most Obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
In Council Philada July 10th 1780
As several of the battalions both in Town and Country have not compleated their volunteers you will please to direct the Gentlemen who have come down with you for the purpose of collecting them to repair to the several Lieutenants of the City and County of Philada Bucks Chester Lancaster and Berks to hasten the filling their respective Compliments. And also to inform themselves how far these already sent have been settled with. For this purpose we have added the number of battalions in each County—and the book kept by Colonel Nichola at the barracks will inform you what battalions and companies have complied with the Law by sending in their Recrutis. As this service is of the most important nature you will please to urge the necessity of proceeding in it so that the Law may be fully and properly executed. Upon this as well as every other occasion yourself, and the Officers under your immediate Command will receive all necessary aid and assistance from the Council. I am sir Your obedient and very humble servant
Jos. Reed President
Philada City six battalions eight Companies on each battalion—two Men from each company
96—Colonel Wm Henry Lieutt
Philada County seven battalions
Colonel Wm Coates Lieutenant 112 Men
Bucks County four battalions 64 Men
Colonel Joseph Hart Lieutenant
Chester County eight battalions 128 Men
Colonel Robert Smith Lieutenant
Lancaster County eleven battalions 176 Men
Colonel Samuel J. Atlee Lieutenant
Berks County six battalions—96 Men
Colonel Jacob Morgan Lieutenant
N.B. York & Cumberland Counties have since been added, by the Council, to those already mention’d, each of which will probably produce 100 men—the sum total of which will amount to only 870 men or Thereabouts.