Head Quarters 13th May 1782
I transmit you herewith, a complaint of Lt Allen against the settlement of Rank as fixed by the Board of Officers for the Massachusetts Line.
It signifies very little to appoint Boards of Officers for these matters, if their determinations are not to be final—and I am to be eternally troubled on the Subject—If, thro’ any mistake or otherwise, manifest injury is done to individuals by the late Arrangement, those mistakes should be rectified by the Board, or at least such steps taken, as will for once put a final stop to disputes of this nature. I am Sir Your very humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.