George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Lincoln, 12 June 1782

Head Quarters June 12th 1782

My Dear General

From the present state of our finances, the temper and disposition of the several States in general and the little hope we have of farther aid from France–it becomes absolutely necessary to take a view of our present establishments and enquire whether any new arrangements can be made consistent with justice policy & the good of the service. I have therefore to offer to your Excellency consideration the following questions.

Can or cannot the number of Regiments of infantry be reduced?

Can or cannot the Corps of Artillery be reduced as also of the Horse?

Can or cannot there be any new system introduced into the several staff departments?

I have minuted these questions as a basis of private conversation in the discussion of them many other matters will probably be called up. I am yours affectionately Yours

B. Lincoln

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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