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Letter to Jonathon Trumbull and Matthew Thornton, January 21, 1776
George Washington. Letter signed: Cambridge, to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., and Matthew Thornton, 1776 January 21. 2p.

Cambridge Jany 21. 1776


In the hurry of my last dispatches to you of the 19 Instt. I forgot to Intimate that for the encouragement of the Regiment destined for Canada, a months advanced pay will be allowed Officers & Soldiers by me, in behalf of the Congress At the same time I think It but right, that you should be apprized of the Intention of this Government to advance their Regiment another months pay to enable the men to provide for so long & fatiguing a march, & in the mean time leave something for their families to subsist upon during their absence.

I have no doubt but that this last advance will be pleasing enough to Congress, & that the money will be speedily refunded, but as I have no authority to direct It, and would not appear by any Act of mine, to put the three Regiments for Canada, upon a different footing [2] than those, which have been raising for this Army, I only give you a hint of the Intention of this Government, that if you think proper, the Regiments from your Colony may be placed upon the same footing, as I know all kind of distinctions are considered by Troops with an evil & jealous Eye.

Such necessaries as are absolutely requisite for the march of this Regiment, you will please to have provided upon the best Terms you can, & regular Accounts with vouchers thereof kept, that payment may be made. the Importance of dispatch will I am persuaded, appear in so urgent & pressing a light to you, that I need add nothing on this head, but shall be glad to hear what progress you make in the business, being with the sincerest regard & esteem

Your most Obedt Hble Servt
Go: Washington

Notes: Published in Twohig, Dorothy, et al. The Papers of George Washington. Revolutionary Series 3:163-64.