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|Reynolds did want the command but as you gents have said there was plenty of political strings attached. He also found out that he would have no say in the promotion of officers within the army. In other words he as army commander could not promote men as he saw fit.
When the officer came on May 28th to let Meade know he would be offered the command, he warned Meade of the pitfalls and advised him not to take it if he couldn't promote as he saw fit. Meade said yes but under the conditions he outlined. As we know he took command, and it included the promotion condition.