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General Orders


Head-Quarters, Cambridge, August 10, 1775.

(Parole, Schuylkill.)

(Countersign, Richmond.)

It is a matter of exceeding great concern to the General to find, that at a time when the united efforts of America are exerting in defence of the common rights and liberties of mankind, that there should be in an Army constituted for so noble a purpose, such repeated instances of officers


who, lost to every sense of honour and virtue, are seeking by dirty and base means the promotion of their own dishonest gain, to the eternal disgrace of themselves and dishonour of their Country. Practices of this sort will never be overlooked, whenever an accusation is lodged, but the authors brought to the most exemplary punishment. It is therefore much to be wished that the example of Jesse Sounders, late Captain, in Col˙ Sergeant' s Regiment, will prove the last shameful instance of such a grovelling disposition; and that for the future every officer for his own honour and the sake of an injured publick, will make a point of detecting every iniquitous practice of this kind; using their utmost endeavours in their several capacities to lessen the expense of the war as much as possible, that the great cause in which we are struggling may receive no injury from the enormity of the expense.

The several Paymasters are immediately to ascertain what pay was due to the different Regiments and Corps on the first day of this instant, that each man may receive his respective due as soon as the money arrives to pay them. It is earnestly recommended that great exactness be used in these settlements: First, that no man goes without his pay; and next, that not one farthing more be drawn than what is justly due. After this the pay may be drawn once a month or otherwise, as shall be found most convenient; in the mean while, the soldiers need be under no apprehension of getting every farthing that is justly their due. It is therefore expected that they do their duty with that cheerfulness and alacrity becoming men who are contending for their liberty, property, and every thing that is valuable to freemen and their posterity.