War Office Octr 31 1780
The Board have been honoured with your Letter desiring their Ideas of the Meaning of the Words the Line of the Army in the Resolution of Congress of the 10th April last. We beg to inform your Excellency that we understand the phrase in its greatest Latitude comprehending all Officers of the Army holding military Rank.
The Commission to Capt. Gilman is directed to be altered agreeably to your Excellency’s Desire. We have the Honour to be with the highest respect your very obedt Servants
DLC: Papers of George Washington.