Congress issues a call for qualified foreign military experts throughout Europe.
While patrolling waters off the coast of France, the USS Reprisal captures a British warship. Lieutenant Lambert Wicks the commander takes what he needs, and hauls the ship to a nearby French port.
From Morristown, Alexander Hamilton writes to Major General Adam Stephen on behalf of General Washington regarding Washington’s insistence that members of the army receive small pox innoculations: “In a letter Just received from Colonel Ward, there appears to be an objection made against innoculating his regiment, in consequence of some former order, not to innoculate Militia ’till all the Continental troops had undergone the operation. His Excellency desires that this objection, with respect to Colonel Wards regiment, should cease; and that they may immediately be admitted to the benefit of innoculation, in the usual proportion. He begs also that the present opportunity, while the roads continue incommodious for any movements of the enemy, may be improved to the greatest advantage, as we do not know how long it may last; and shall have no time to spare, even if the utmost diligence is used. There is no need to wait precisely for the moment the Hospital becomes vacant, before the infection is communicated to others. Four or five days before one set is fit to leave it, another set may be preparing to go in; which would save a great deal of time, and forward the business exceedingly. Let this be urged upon the Doctors, and every thing else done which may be conducive to dispatch, in a matter of so great importance.”
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