George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Carlile, 16 September 1780

Camp Septr 16th 1780


We the Officers from the State of Maryland serving in the Corps commanded by Col. Moses Hazen beg leave to lay before your Excellency some of the many difficulties we labour under by being detached from the line of the State.

We conceived that after the Resolution of Congress of the 15th of March 1779 for Crediting each State for their Number of Troops, Serving in the loose and independent Corps, we were entitled to receive all the Gratuities and Allowances that were made to the respective Battallions of our State—(indeed we conceived that it extended even to Rank in the line) Notwithstanding which several allowances of Money–Cloathing and stores have been made without Taking the least Notice of us—This Total Neglect of us and our Services Obliged us last fall to apply to the Legislature of the State, who some time After passed a Resolve to enable the Governor to make us all the Allowances of Cloathing–Money and Stores of every kind that was given to their Batallions, and to forward them to us at our different Stations—Nevertheless we have the Mortification to find ourselves Still Neglected, having never received a Single article of any kind since the commencement of the War: whilst most of the other States are providing for their Troops serving with us, in the same manner that their own Battallions are Supplyed.

We therfore Pray that your Excellency will give permission to one of us to apply to the Governor of our State in person in order to obtain a Settlement for allowances which have been already made as well as for others which we may expect—And that your Excellency will be pleased to order so much money to be paid us here on Account as will be Sufficient to defray the Expence of the Journey, and likewise furnish us with an Order on the Quarter M: General for an Horse &ca. We are with the greatest respect your Excellencys Mo. Obedient and Mo. Hble Servts

John Carlile Capt.

Michael Gilbert Capt.

John Hughes Capt.

Joseph Lewis Lieut.


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