Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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*To BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN SULLIVAN Cambridge, January to, 1776.

    Dr. Sir: In looking over the list of Officers in your Brigade, I find the whole compleated, except in one Instance, without paying the least regard to the order wch. directed, that no Person son should be Inserted that was not in the first arrangement, otherwise than by recommendation.

    I also find, in the Regimental returns of our strength, in your Brigade, several matters that need explanation, to wit; a number of Men on Command and in Colo. Poor's last return, the whole number of his Regiment consists but of 277 Men whereas by the different weekly returns which he has given there appears to have been Inlisted 511 Men. In like manner, by the different Weekly returns our whole number of Recruits ought to amt. to about 10,500 Men, whereas by the Regimental Returns of Saturday (which were only compleated last Night) they stand at 8212, and but 5582 of these returnd present, fit for duty. These things are so alarming, and stand so much in need of explanation that I must desire you to take a ride to head Quarters and see if they can be accounted for. Major Scammell 11 and Colo. Poor 12 may be necessary also in the illucidation of some of these points.

[Note:Maj. Alexander Scammell was brigade major of the New Hampshire Brigade. Later he was aide to Sullivan; then colonel of the Third New Hampshire Regiment; and after that Adjutant General of the Continental Army. He resigned this post to command the First New Hampshire Regiment and died of wounds received at York town, Va., in 1781. He served under Lafayette and gained the sobriquet of "Light Infantry Scammell." ]
[Note:Enoch Poor was colonel of the Eighth Continental Infantry. He, later, rose to the rank of brigadier general. ]

    If you were to come to Dinner, I should be glad of your Company and am etc.


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