George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jedediah Huntington, 10 April 1782

Farmington 10-14 April 1782.

Dear Sir,

your Excellencys Favor of the 19th ult. reached me the Day before yesterday—since I wrote by Col. Trumbull, the County Committees have adjusted with the Towns, their respective Deficiences—the total is but little more than 700: of this number I expect to receive 500. in the month of May, of which, I imagine three fourths will be engaged only to the 1st of January, or for a Year.

The Spirit and Zeal, which blazed in the Beginning of the Controversy, when every man thought the Salvation of his Country depended on his own Exertions, have subsided under the Form of a desultory & inefficacious System, and seem to be beyond the Reach of Argument or Declamation.

The Disagreement between the Returns of the Army, & those of the Towns, of their men in service, has caused at least one months Delay of this important Business of recruiting, beside an infinite Deal of Trouble and a Result of Uncertainty—I am aware of some few Omissions in the Returns of the Army, but I cannot concieve how there can be so great a Difference—it appears to me absolutely necessary, & I will, if it is possible, obtain from each Town, the name of every man whom they suppose in Service, in Order that they may be acknowledged by the Army, or otherways accounted for—and that the Rolls of the Army, may be corrected thereby, with Respect to the Towns for which each Soldier counts.

The Council of Safety have authorised a Person to look up, in & out of the State, all Deserters belonging to their Line.

Wethersfield Conn. 14 April.

I have the Honor of receiving your Excellency[’s] Letter of the 9th—the mustering Officers are not arrived. [   ] Officers to conduct the Recruits—they will get no Allowance from the State—I have therefore wrote the Commandant of the Line, to send Six of them, if so many, [or] as great a Part as, can [make] it convenient to come, without the Prospect of a pecuniary [Reward] if not, to send a sergeant & Corporal instead of an Officer.

The State Regiment which is to consist of [480] I think will be nearly compleated. I am, with the sincerest Esteem, your Excellency’s most obedt Servant

J. Huntington

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