Trenton 28th Jany 1781
The Commissioners appointed by Congress have nearly closed the settlement of the Inlistments of the Pennsa Line, the last or Eleventh Regiment will be finished this Evening, we have now Discharged out of the Aggregate 1220 men so that we may count upon about 1180 non commissioned Officers & privates as a next off, who are all furloughed by Order of the Committee until March & toward April, except recruiting sergeants & Musick.
I shall leave this place the day after tomorrow or as soon as all the straglers have passed the Delaware, & the whole of the Arms & Accoutrements are forwarded to Phila. where I shall expect your Excellency’s further Orders, Genl Irvine will also be anxious for your Directions; he is now there preparing for the Recruiting service.
I am happy to Inform you that the loss of Arms is far short of what we had reason to expect, Indeed there is scarcely a man Discharged or Furloughed, but what has produced a Rect for his Musket bayonet &ca.
There was early Orders given to the Regimental Q. Master to secure the public Stores of their Respective Corps & particular Directions to Mr Hughes to Collect the whole & return them into the Dy Q. Master at Morristown.
Inclosed is an Order of Discharge—a blank discharge—& furloughs; by which your Excellency will find that I have had my share of very distressing duty, attended with some Disagreeable events at almost every hour of day & Night which will also paliate for any seeming neglect in point of Information &ca. I have the honor to be with much Esteem Your Excelly’ most Obt & Oblig[ed] Huml. Sert
N.B. I have sent the Paper of the 24th Instant in which you’l find a Circumstanl acct of the Defection of the Pennsa Line—whence some Gentlemen have taken full Credit for the part they have had in the business.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.