Letter from General Ten Broeck, August 23: Recommends several gentlemen for officers in Colonel Graham' s Regiment


A Letter from Brigadier-General Peter Ten Broeck, dated the 23d August last, was read and filed. He thereby recommends several gentlemen for Field and Staff Officers of Colonel Graham' s Regiment; some of the Field and other officers of that Regiment being now in service.

He also requests blank commissions for three Companies. He requests to know whether the custom of electing officers is to be continued, alleges that thereby officers are generally appointed who have no command over their men; which matter he submits, and requests an answer.

Colonel Renselaer, Captain Platt, and Colonel Livingston, to whom General Peter Ten Broeck' s Letter was committed, reported a draft of an answer; which was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

"SIR: I am directed by the Committee of Safety to acquaint you in answer to your letter of the 23d of August, it is their opinion that the respective officers now on duty are to be and remain the officers of the different regiments to which they belong, unless they should be removed by the fate of war; and that no new commissions will be granted to fill up any vacancies occasioned by officers called out in the service; but that they return to their respective commands, at the expiration of the service they are now on.

"We shall forward you blank commissions for the three companies of Militia, provided the officers are now out in actual service. If so, they are in the same predicament as above, to which beg" your answer.

"I am, respectfully, sir, &c.

"To Brigadier-General P˙ Ten Broeck, Dulchess County."

Ordered, That a copy thereof be engrossed, and signed by the President, and transmitted.