16th Feby 1781
I herwith transmit you an Arrangment of the Connectt Line. I suppos’d it would have been best to have had all the Lines of the Army uniform in respect to their 2nd Lieuts.; and as Massachusetts Bay & some other States and the Sixteen Battalions, I had been informd, in the Arrangment in 78, had procurd Lieutenants Commissions for their 2nd Lieutenants from the Date of their first Appointment, I concluded it would be best to be uniform in our Principles. I don’t know that other Lines have practiced in this Manner, but I have been repeatedly informd so; and that Colo. Webb’s Regt one of the Sixteen have been commission’d in that Manner is certain I have seen & examined their Commissions—by the present Return the Dates of the Commissions in every Subaltern Rank is given. I am Dr General with much Respect Yr most Obedt Servt
Saml H. Parsons
DLC: Papers of George Washington.