Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Continental Congress, December 31, 1775

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Cambridge, December 31, 1775.

Sir: I wrote you the 25th. instant, since which I am not honored with any your favors. The estimate I then inclosed you was calculated to pay the Troops &ca. up to the 1st. of January: that cannot be done for want of funds in the Pay Master General's hands, which causes a great murmuring amongst those who are going off. The Monthly expences of this Army amount to near 275,000 Dollars, which I take the Liberty of recommending to the Observation of Congress, that their future remittances may be Governed thereby.

It sometimes happens that persons would wish to deposit money in the Hands of the Paymaster General for his Bills on the Treasury in Philadelphia: he has hitherto declined such Offers, not having authority from Congress to draw; would it not be proper to give this Power? If it should be approved of, you will be pleased to point out the mode; that the Congress would chuse to have it done in.86 The Clothing sent the Quarter Master General, is not sufficient to put half of our Army into Regimentals, nor is there a possibility of getting any Quantity here, I have wrote to Genl. Schuyler that I wish what was lodged at Albany, could be spared for these Troops, as General Montgomery would cloth the Men under his Command, at Montreal. If this can be done, It will be of infinite service, and no time should be lost in forwarding them to this Camp. In forming the Regiments for the New Establishment, I thought it but Justice to appoint the Officers detached under Col: Arnold, to commissions in them. Their absence at present is of very great detriment, especially in recruiting. I would therefore wish if the Congress intend raising Troops in or for Canada, that they could be taken in there: The sooner I have their Opinion of this matter, the better; That if they can be commissioned in Canada, I may appoint Officers here to replace them. Inclosed you have a Copy of a Representation sent to me by the Legislative Body of this Province, respecting four companies stationed at Braintree, Weymouth and Hingham; as they were never Regimented and were doing duty at a distance from the rest of the Army, I did not know whether to consider them as part of it, nor do I think myself authorized to direct payment for them without the approbation of Congress.

86. See Journals of the Continental Congress, Jan. 16, 1776.

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George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 7, June 24, 1775 - March 13, 1776
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Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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