Providence 20th May 1782
Soon after I had the Honor of addressing your Excellency 18th Ulto—your favr of 9th April Came to hand permitting me to Remain in the State untill Your Excellency’s Further pleasure—by which I am particularly oblig’d as Mrs Olney’s Indisposition unhappily Seems to Increase—I have the pleasure to inform your Excellency that 220 Recruits are muster’d—that 204 have already march’d—the greater part of which I presume have Joyn’d the Regmt—there is 39 Wanting to Compleat this States Quota—it being attended with difficulty to procure men at present—I am Inclin’d to think the Delinquent Classes will Generally pay the fines Requir’d in the act of Assembly—I have the painfull mortification to inform your Excellency that Ensg. Johnson (who was appointed by the State in Augt of 81 & Joyn’d the Regmt, in Feby last) has most shamefully deserted from his arrest which I am inform’d was Ocation’d by his ungentlemanlike Behavour towards Majr Genl Lincoln—he has been in Town Ten days but I was unacquainted with the manner of his Leaving the Regmt, ’till yesterday when I immediately Communicated it to his Honr the Lieut. Govr who advis’d me to Confine him which was accordingly don—his Conduct being Intirely unpresedent’d, I feel myself much Embarras’d with this Disagreeable affair, and disire your Excellencie’s particular Instructions Respecting the measures I am to pursue with him.
This will be deliver’d your Excellency by the Bearrer David Hoell Esqr. who is Elected a Deligate to Represent this State in Congress the Ensuing year—he is a Gentleman of approv’d abilities and Integrity—and is Greatly Esteem’d for his patriotism throughout the State—I therefore beg leave to Introduce him (as a Gentleman of merrit) to your Excellencies Friendly Notice. I have the Honor to be with Great Esteem Your Excellencies Most Obedt Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.