Colonel Frank Lee informs me that to the best of his remembrance the Congress on receiving General Lee’s Letter with respect to Coll. Muyhlenberg’s Regt., entd. into a Resolve that the Officers of that Regt. shou’d take Rank from the day they marched out of the Province.1 As I am about writing to the Colonel I shou’d be glad you you’d inform me, and if possible send me a Copy of the Resolve.

I am sir, with the greatest Respect, Yr. most obt. Serv.

Joseph Nourse, ls. Clerk, Bd. war


Receiver’s copy, Papers of Continental Congress, item 147, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

1 In a letter to the Board of war written on August 2, 1776, Gen. Charles Lee had discussed the complaints of Col. Peter Muhlenberg about reports that his Eighth Virginia Battalion would not be accepted into Continental service until it was up to full strength. Congress read Lee’s letter on August 29, but, contrary to Francis Lightfoot Lee’s recollection of events, Muhlenberg’s unit had already been taken into Continental service on August 16. JCC, 5:649, 716; and NYHS Collections 5 (1872): 183 – 84, 187 – 93.