George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron [von] Steuben, 29 October 1783

Octr 29th 1783


In obedience to your Excellencys order I inspected the Invalids in this City on Monday last, of which inspection I beg leave to make the following report.

The Officers who presented themselves consisted of the Colonel, (of whose appointment I need say nothing) four Captains, the Captn Lieutenant, four Lieutt, & the doctor. The Captains & Subalterns produced Certificates, or shewed wounds which entitled them to be received into this Corps; & seven of them excepted of the priviledge of going to West point. Colonel Nichola with three officers & the Doctor choose to remain in Philadelphia in hopes of receiving the Commutation & other emoluments which they intend asking of Congress through Your Excellency.

Of the non Commissioned Officers & Soldiers, I have presented twenty seven to Your Excellency for the Pension about twenty are to be sent to West point & Eleven discharged.

In the distribution of Pensions I have been cautious not to give this reward to any but those who from their wounds, or disablement acquired by actual service had a right to this bounty of the United States.

Some of those who are to be sent to West Point had a claim to the Pension, but have prefered being taken care of by the public in that Place to receiving a Monthly allowance of money which their unfortunate situation prevents their making use of to the best advantage.

The men to be discharged are in general objects of compassion & seem to deserve the care of the Public, but not being intitled to the Pension, they can not at present be benefitted by the good intentions of the United States, as they prefer a discharge to going to West Point.

There remains some few Invalids in the Hospital whom I have not yet seen, & two or three who are in too bad a situation to be removed any where.

I beg permission to observe to Your Excellency that those men who will be brought together at West point are generally in so helpless a situation that so far from being able to do any duty they will require attendants. with the greatest respect I have the honor to be Sir, Your Excellencys Most Obedient Humble Servant


Maj: Generl

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