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George Washington signed letter, the letter is in the hand of Alexander Hamilton.

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.”

Stephen Moylan (1737 – April 11, 1811) 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, Commander of The Fourth Continental Light Dragoons and Commander of the Cavalry of the Continental Army.  In January 1776, he wrote a letter using the term “United States of America”, the earliest known use of that phrase

At this time, Hamilton was Washington’s aide-de-camp with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Washington felt, “Aides-de-camp are persons in whom entire confidence must be placed and it requires men of abilities to execute the duties with propriety and dispatch.”  That Hamilton certainly did!

Washington, George. Letter, signed.  Hd. Qrs., Morris Town 15 February 1780.  The body of the letter is in the hand of Alexander Hamilton as aide de camp.  To:  Col. (Stephen) Moylan.  F.; 1p. + docket.