TRANSCRIPT GLC 6485
George Washington. Letter signed: Head Quarters Springfield,
to Caesar Rodney, 1780 June 10. 1 p. + doc.
Head Qrs. Springfield June 10. 1780
I have had the Honor to receive Your Letter of the 3d Instant.
It appears to me necessary, that appointments should be made
to the Four Vacant Ensigncies which Major Patten has reported.
It is essential to service that Troops should be well officered
and in ours the complement allowed should be
generally full, as from the nature of our establishment, it
is rather limited; and besides, three or four Officers are
employed in the Regimental & Brigade Staff who do not
act in the common rotine of duty, not to mention that Others
are often taken as aids & for other purposes. I mention
appointments to the Four Ensigncies only as the places
of the Two Officers in captivity cannot be considered as vacant
& of consequence ought not to be filled by Others: Their
captivity however as Your Excellency very justly intimates,
is an additional reason to those I have mentioned, for making
the proposed arrangement.
I have the Honor to be, with great respect
Yr Excellencys Most Obedt Servt
Caesar Rodney, Esq
[docket] Letter from G. Washington June 1780. About escorting
officers to fill vacancies.
Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George
Washington. v. 18: 501-02.