Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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GENERAL ORDERS Head Quarters, Cambridge, November 6, 1775.

    Parole Arnold. Countersign Quebec.

    Robert Hanson Harrison Esqr 79 is appointed Aid-de-Camp to his Excellency the Commander in Chief, and all orders, whether written or verbal, coming from the General, through Mr. Harrison are to be punctually obeyed.

[Note:Harrison was from Alexandria, Va. He succeeded Joseph Reed as secretary in May, 1776, and served into the year 1781. He was probably closer to Washington and as much in the Commander in Chief's confidence as any other aide. ]

    Although the men confined by Lieut. Col Reed of the 26th. Regt. were released upon Application to Head Quarters -- The General, so far from being displeased with Col. Reed, for his endeavours to prevent an infringement of the General Orders, that he thanks the Colonel; as he shall every Officer, who pays strict Obedience to orders, as without so doing, it is in vain to think of preserving order, and discipline, in an army -- The disagreeableness of the weather, scarcity of wood, &c. inclined the General to overlook the Offence committed at that time, but he hopes, and expects, the Officers and Soldiers, will for

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the future, carefully avoid wantonly cutting the Trees, and committing waste upon the property of those, already but too much distressed by the depredations of the army.