George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 28 June 1781

Head Quarters Peekskill 28th June 1781

Dear sir

Inclosed your Excellency will receive Copy of a Letter addressed to me from General Parsons, representg the Situation of the Troops of your Line of the Armey.

I feel myself so distressed at this Representation, not only as it affects the Troops themselves, but from the Apprehension I have of the Consequences which may, from their feelings, be produced to the general Service; that, altho it is not within my Province to interfere with the Internal Resolutions or Determinations of the States, I did not think it amiss to transmitt this Letter to your Excellency, & to beg the most serious attention of the State to its Subjects.

Permitt me Sir! to add, that Policy alone in our present Circumstances, seem to demand that every Satisfaction which can reasonably be requested, should be given to those Veteran Troops who, ’thro almost every Distress, have been so long & so faithfully serving the States—as from every Representation, I have but too much Reason to suppose, that the most fatal Consequences to your Line will ensue upon the total Loss of any further Expectations than they at present have, of Relief from the State; & how serious will be the Consequences to our present meditated Operations, should any Disturbance arise in so respectable a Body of Troops composing this Army, as that from the State of Connecticut, I leave the State to reflect—for myself, I lament the Prospect, in its most distant Idea.

If your Legislature should not be sitting, (as I suppose they are not), Ileave it to your Excellency to determine whether it is necessary immediately to convene them on this Subject—I have only to wish, that it may have as early a Consideration as may be found convenient—or consistent with other Circumstances, which must be best known to your Excellency. I have the Honor to be—with most perfect Esteem & Regard sir Your Excellency’s most Obedient Servant

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Ct: Trumbull Papers.

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