George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Job Sumner, 23 February 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor 23d Feby 1781.


I was duly favd with yours of the 24th ulto, but I was at the time so much engaged with the affairs of the Army in Jersey that I could not attend to it—I cannot undertake to say whether the kind of exchange you wish to accomplish will be ratified by the State to which you belong, but if it should, I conceive the concurrence of all the Captains of the line (and not those of your own Regt alone) must be obtained, because as they rise lineally to the rank of Feild Officers, all those, who are your juniors may, if they think proper, insist upon the Captain; with whom you exchange, coming in youngest—If affairs of this nature are not previously well understood, and settled to the content of all parties, they create infinite trouble and uneasiness, to me especially, as I am appealed to upon all cases of irregularity or difficulty—As to your second question—Whether the officers of Colo. Livingstons Regt are to depend upon the State of New York or Congress for their half pay? I cannot determine it. I am &.

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