Head Quarters New Windsor 8th February 1781
His Excellency has ordered me to inclose & send you a list of the Names of the Pennas. serving in his Guard; & request you to ascertain the times of their inlistments, respectively, and give me the necessary information, that those Men who appear to be intitled to a discharge, if any there be, may accordingly have justice done them, & their wishes gratified.
The General, in answer to a Petition from these Men, has informed them, through me, that they may not expect to avail themselves of any benefit, in consequence of the Mutiny in the line; and that only such will be discharged, as appears, by unequivocal evidence, to have inlisted for three years? Therefore I wish your return to particularly mention those men inlisted for the War; those whose inlistments are lost; & those who are inlisted for three years or the War? That I may not do injustice to the public. All your Men, serving in the Guard, before March 1780, except one, considered themselves as legally inlisted for the War; and received the 100 dollars gratuity, accordingly. Those taken from the line since, or some of them, say the money forc’d on them: but we never heard a complaint from them, ’till this affair in the line? Those inlistments, or the Muster Rolls of the Regiment, must finally determine the matter. I am sr With respect & esteem Your Obed. & Hble servant
Wm Colfax Lt Comr
Comdr in Chiefs Guard
PHi: Anthony Wayne Papers.