Hartford Decr 13th 1780
Persuant to a resolve of the Assembly of this State herewith inclosed, I have to request of your Excellency that Colo. Sheldons Regiment of Dragoons sent into this State, to be quartered at Colchester, may be removed and cantoned out in the Counties of Hampshire or Berkshire in the State of Massachusetts. The French Horse had previously taken quarters at Colchester and other Towns adjacent, and will want all the forage that can be spared on the east side of the river; nor can there be more conveniently spared on the west side than will be necessary to accomodate the publick transportation. The Counties above mentioned abound in forage and it is Colo. Sheldons opinion and mine that the town of Hadley in particular might well provide for the waggon Horses and the adjoining towns of Northampton and Hatfield for the men and the rest of the Horses. The publick service, it is hoped would not be injured, but promoted by the Regiments being immediately removed and cantoned out in that State. I hope to receive your Excellencys orders by the returning Express. I am Sir, with much Respect Your Excellency’s most obedt humbl. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
29 November 1780
As a General Assembly of the Governor and Company of the State of Connecticut, holden at Hartford by special Order of His Excellency the Governor on the 29th Day of Novembr 1780.
Resolved by this Assembly, That his Excellency the Governor be requested to Write to His Excellency General Washington, desiring that Colo. Sheldons Regiment of Dragoons, be Cantonned out in some proper place in the Western part of the State of Massachusets. A true Copy of Record Examined By
George Wylly’s Secrety