Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Continental Congress, December 27, 1776

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of little worth and less experience, put in their places, or promoted over their Heads. This has been the case with many of the best Officers.

The inclosed Letter from the Paymaster General, will shew the state of the Military Chest and the necessity of a large and immediate supply of Cash. The advances to the Officers for bounty and the recruiting service are great, besides the Regiments, at the expiration of this Month, will require payment of their claims. At the same time it will shew the justice of the clamours, made by some [of the] Officers respecting their pay, and the abuses they have practiced [that have resulted from an attention to them].76 Whenever they have not been paid, it was because their Abstracts were not made up. I am &c.

PS If the public papers have been removed from Philadelphia, I hope those which I sent by Lieut. Colo Reed before we left New York, have not been forgot. (If they have not, I beg the favor of you to break open the Chest and send me the Several Letter Books sealed up, having frequent occasion to refer to 'em.)77

To THE PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS

Head Quarters, Newton, December 27, 1776. Sir:

76. The words in brackets are in the draft but not in the letter sent.

77. Both the draft and letter sent are in the writing of Robert Hanson Harrison. The words in parentheses in the P.S. are in the letter sent but not in the draft.

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Title
George Washington Papers, Series 3, Varick Transcripts, 1775-1785, Subseries 3A, Continental Congress, 1775-1783, Letterbook 2: Sept. 24, 1776 - Aug. 30, 1777
Contributor Names
Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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MSS 44693: Reel 002
series: Series 3, Varick Transcripts, 1775-1785
series: Subseries 3A, Continental Congress, 1775-1783
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George Washington papers
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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 3, Varick Transcripts, 1775 to 1785, Subseries 3A, Continental Congress, 1775 to 1783, Letterbook 2: Sept. 24, 1776. 1776. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw3a.002/.

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Washington, G. (1776) George Washington Papers, Series 3, Varick Transcripts, 1775 to 1785, Subseries 3A, Continental Congress, 1775 to 1783, Letterbook 2: Sept. 24, 1776. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw3a.002/.

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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 3, Varick Transcripts, 1775 to 1785, Subseries 3A, Continental Congress, 1775 to 1783, Letterbook 2: Sept. 24, 1776. 1776. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mgw3a.002/>.

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