Head Quarters. 17th June 1782
I inclose to you Copy of a Letter I have received from Major Genl Heath on the Subject of the Appointments of a Brigadier in the Line of Massachusetts. I approve the proposal—but As that is not the only Line of the Army in which [similar] promotion is become necessary, I think it will be best to be take up on a general Scale, so far as circumstances demand.
The two Brigades of Connecticut Troops have for a long Time had but one Brigadier [owing] to particular Circumstances—Colo. Durkee who was the Senior Colo. in that Line, having been removed by Death, Colo. Swift, who I esteem a very good Officer, has now the preceedence, and Stands fair for promotion to the Rank of Brigadier.
The Line of N.Jersey is also without a Brigadier—I am not so decided on the Expediency of the like Appointment from that State—but should it be thout best (as I dont know but it may be) Colo. Dayton is an old Officer, & may justly claim the Rank.
These are all the promotions to the Rank of Brigadier that I think necessary, should they meet your Approbation, I think they ought to take place at the same Time, to save uneasiness, or any Idea of partiality or predilection. I am &ca
DLC: Papers of George Washington.