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Greaton, John (1741-1783) [Vote and proceedings at Newburgh regarding the grievances of the Massachusetts Line]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01714 Author/Creator: Greaton, John (1741-1783) Place Written: Newburgh, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: 16 November 1782 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Marked "copy" and signed by the transcriber, Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide-de-camp. Writes, "The grievances of the Massachusetts Line having involved them to desire a general conference, to consult and determine on the measures to be pursued for obtaining redress in a proper way - the several regiments composing that Line, together with such of the Hospital Department as belong to the State," chose three officers from each regiment (except for the 2nd Regiment; however, for their response, see GLC02437.01718), as well as three from the Light Infantry, one from the Hospital, and two from the Artillery. Lists the names of officers chosen. Includes the resolutions passed unanimously by the conference (of which Colonel John Greaton was considered President): that a committee be chosen to represent the grievances to the "Supreme Authority of the United States in Congress assembled;" that the committee consist of Major General Henry Knox, Brigadier General John Paterson, Colonel John Greaton, Colonel John Crane, Colonel John Brooks, Lieutenant Colonel [likely Hugh] Maxwell, and Doctor David Townsend; that the regiments will write for the committee "a list of the several grievances of which they complain" and "sentiments on the most probable measures to be adopted for ensuring a happy issue to the present undertaking"; that the Committee (or a majority of members) meet and be authorized to receive communications from other Lines in the army; and that Colonel [possibly Michael] Jackson and Captain Samuel Shaw notify committee members not present of their appointment and request their compliance, as well as invite them to meet at West Point on 20 November "for the dispatch of business."

People: Greaton, John, 1741-1783.
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794.
Paterson, John, 1744-1808.
Brooks, John, 1752-1825.
Crane, John, 1744-1805.
Maxwell, Hugh, 1733-1799.
Jackson, Michael, 1734-1801.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Continental Army, Newburgh Conspiracy, Soldier's Pay, Finance, Hospital, Infantry, Artillery, Petition, Continental Congress, Congress, West Point (US Military Academy)

Sub Era: The War for Independence