Camp December 10th 1782
Enclosed is the arrangement of the Field officers of our line, and as the distribution of the whole is now fixed on, and only waits your Excellency’s confirmation in orders, I request it may take place as soon as may be, as the field officers of the reduced regiments conceive it would be an impropriety in their joining other corps without your orders and approbation. I am with esteem your Excellency’s Devoted and obedt humble servt
J. Paterson, B. General
in behalf of Massachusetts Line
DLC: Papers of George Washington.