Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to New Hampshire Convention, et al, December 29, 1777, Circular Letter on Recruits and Clothes

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continue in that kind of service. I have the honor, etc.81

CIRCULAR TO THE STATES2

Head Quarters, Valley Forge, December 29, 1777.

Gentn. I take the liberty of transmitting you the inclosed Return, which contains a state of such of the Massachusetts Regiments, as are in the Army immediately under my command. By this you will discover how deficient, how exceedingly short they are of the compliment of Men, which of right according to the establishment they ought to have. This information, I have thought it my duty to lay before you, that it may have that attention which its importance demands; and in full hope, that the most early and vigorous measures will be adopted, not only to make the Regiments more respectable, but compleat. The expediency and necessity of this procedure are too obvious to need arguments. Should we have a respectable force to Commence an early Campaign with, before the Enemy are reinforced, I trust we shall have an Opportunity of Striking a favorable and an happy stroke; But if we should be obliged to defer it, It will not be easy to describe with any degree of precision what disagreeable consequences may result from It. We may rest

81. The draft is in the writing of Tench Tilghman.

2. This circular is a fair example of some of the peculiar textual difficulties encountered in editing Washington's letters. The draft, in the Washington Papers, is in the writing of Robert Hanson Harrison, and in the Washington photostats in the Library of Congress are facsimiles of the circular to New York and the circular to Maryland. No one of these three is exactly like the other two in word arrangement, capitalization, or spelling, while all three are in agreement in ideas and sense. It therefore follows that it is impossible for any one text to absolutely agree with every one of the surviving circulars. The text here printed follows the draft in the Washington Papers.

The circular to the Governor of Maryland omits the opening sentence and substitutes instead the following: “Genl. Smallwood will, by this Conveyance, transmit you a Return of Seven of the Maryland Regiments. The eighth, which was composed of part of the German Battalion and part of Rawlins's Regiment, is in the same situation in point of numbers.”

The circular was sent to all of the States except Georgia, and in each instance addressed to the executive of the State, except the circular to Massachusetts, which was sent to the council.

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George Washington Papers, Series 3, Varick Transcripts, 1775-1785, Subseries 3C, Civil Officials and Private Citizens, Subseries 3C, Letterbook 2: Jan. 2, 1777 - June 20, 1779
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Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 3, Varick Transcripts, 1775 to 1785, Subseries 3C, Civil Officials and Private Citizens, Subseries 3C, Letterbook 2: Jan. 2, 1777. 1777. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mgw3c.002/>.

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