Head Quarters April 16th 82
The Fish mention’d by the Secretary of War, are doubtless meant to be those of the Season, as Shad or Herring—whether Salted or fresh I cannot determine, perhaps both.
On the subject of your request for leave of absence, Major General McDugal has so early as the first of this month entered his caveat against your obtaining it—his reasons are assign’d in the inclosed copy of his Letter to me—which is transmitted for your observation.
I am unacquainted on what principles or by what Authority the Arrangement of the Captains of the Massachusetts Line has been established agreeable to the List you was pleased to send me—Whatever the principles may have been, I wish the matter may be satisfactorily conclusive and that no further uneasiness may subsist in the Line on account of the disposition of rank. I am your Obt Humble Serv.
MHi: Heath Papers.