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Letter from John Patten to George Washington
Patten, John
April 07, 1777
Volume 11, Page 714

Colonel John Patten to General Washington on the Difficulties of Recruiting.

May it please your Excellency

Inclosed is as particular a State of my Regiment as I can at present obtain. I have several parties now on their march for this place from the Country and am providing Cloths, arms &c. for them, in about ten days I shall have one full Compy ready to march. The Recruiting Service goes on very slowly,– My Officers are gone to all parts of the Country where I thought there might be a probability of success. They all complain of the expense attending that service, & think the allowance of ten shillings for each man they enlist, & ten shillings per week for their subsistence, too little to defray the charges that they are obliged to be at, every thing being so extravagently dear in all parts of the Country.

The Board of War for this State have passed a resolve the 27th. March allowing the Recruiting Officers of the twelve Regiments to be raised here, four dollars for every able bodied man they enlist after that Date, who shall pass muster, in addition to any former allowance made by Congress or this State. I would beg to know if the Officers of my Regiment are to be allowed in like manner for men that they may enlist.

I have the honor to be,
Your Excellency's
Most Hble Servt

Philada 7th. April 1777.