George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Philip Van Cortlandt, 27 June 1782

York line near Pompton june 27 1782

Dear General

By a late resolve of Congress I find that only ten Lieuts. are to be Continued in a Regiment by which means I shall loose three Exceeding good Subs—Especially Mr Johnson & Mr Talmadge which Officers I wish to retain if possible, Cannot they be continued doing Ensigns duty and retain their rank as there is three Vacancies—I shall then have just my Compliment of Subbalterans.

I have wrote to his Excellency the Governor of the state requesting his delaying the Appointment of any officers to the Vacancies untill Your Excellencys pleasure be known—shall be much obliged if you will please to Inform me by Mr Talmadge if they may be continued or not.

The water near the Brigade begins to be bad if Tents can be provided, will it not be Expedient to remove to some convenient Brook of water, I fear the Health of the Men will be Injured if we remain long in Our present position. I am with all Esteem Your Excellencys most obedient Hume Servt

P. Cortlandt

PHi: Gratz Collection.

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