Wethersfield June 14. 1782
The Legislature of this state have laid a Tax of one shilling on the Pound estimated at about 70.000 payable 1st July to complete the two first Quarterly Payments to the financier General—Provision for the other two Quarters is left to the Consideration of the next Assembly.
There is one, & but one, hopeful Symtom in the Body politic here, and that is the Members are more & more sensible of the necessity of a general System—their Languor is alarming.
As to the two Regiments of Militia to be held in Readiness—I cannot say what the Spur of the Occasion may produce in Case of a Seige—but if they are called upon before I do not imagine we should see a Fifth Part of them in the field. I did my self the Honor of writing your Excellency by last Post. I am most respectfully, your Excellencys most obedt Servant
P.S. Hartford Conn. The Assembly will rise this Day or tomorrow—they have thought proper to delay Execution against the delinquent Classes until the 10th July—no more has been said of making Militia Officers Muster masters.
The Officers, who succeeded to the Vacancies of those who some time ago retired by leave of the Board of War, are finally confirmed by the Gov: & Commit. of Safety. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.