Washington, George. Autograph Letter, Signed
Washington Writes the Patriot Who Coined the Phrase
“United States of America”
George Washington writes and signs a letter requesting information about troop numbers.
In full: “Dr. Sir / I am to request that you will transfer me as soon as possible an Exact Return of the number of Non Commissioned officers and private of your Regiment; designating in a particular manner how many belong, to this or that state – what proportion of them are inlisted (sic) for the War and the different terms of service of the Rest by Monthly Columns. You cannot be too expeditious in forwarding me this return. The one transmitted will not answer the purposes for which this is wanted. I have also written to Colo. Sheldon for a similar Return of his Regiment. / I am Dear Sir / with great regards / Yr. most obdt. (servant). / Go. Washington.”
Written to Stephen Moylan, who was an Irish American patriot leader during the American Revolutionary War. He had several positions in the Continental Army including Muster-Master General, Secretary and Aide to General George Washington, 2nd Quartermaster General, and at this time he was Commander of The Fourth Continental Light Dragoons and Commander of the Cavalry of the Continental Army. Later that year, the Fourth Dragoons would accompany Anthony Wayne to Bulls Ferry, and in October to the Siege of Yorktown. In January 1776, he wrote a letter using the term “United States of America”, the earliest known use of that phrase.
Also on this day at Morristown, George Washington ordered toe commissary to issue “a jill of rum per man per day for the men on Main guard and picket…” What a thoughtful commander!
Foxing, usual creases, tape remnants, two repairs at right edge with minor loss.
Washington, George. Autograph Letter, signed. Hd. Qrs., Morris Town 15 February 1780. To: Col. (Stephen) Moylan. F.; 1p. + docket.