From James Duane
Kingston [New York] 4 Septr. 1779
I have spent some days at this place with our Legislature and have been happy in finding their Zeal for the Common Cause undiminished. Every thing which can be asked for the Army they will most cheerfully grant & Col. Wadsworth is gone away perfectly satisfied.1 It is a circumstance to their honor that amidst all their wants & distresses Flour & Carriage have been supplied at 25 per cent. less than in any part of the Continent & that by a Law of the State: If it had produced the Effect to be expected from so spirited an Example it must have had a powerful Influence on our money: but it is to be lamented that we stand single & that our Citizens are impoverished by a sacrifice of a fourth of their produce & Labour to little purpose.
Be kind enough to forward the enclosed to L Col. Washington;2 & to present my respectful Compliments to his Excellency the Comr in Chief & the Family: & believe me to be—with real Esteem & affection, Dear Col. Your most Obed Sevt
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Jeremiah Wadsworth, commissary general of purchases, had visited the New York State legislature in an effort to secure its assistance in obtaining flour for the Army.
2. Lieutenant Colonel William Washington, Third Continental Dragoons.
3. Duane, in 1759, married Mary Livingston, daughter of Robert Livingston, “third lord” of Livingston Manor. Duane was referring to a proposed visit to his father-in-law’s home.
4. Major General John Sullivan’s campaign against the Indians in western Pennsylvania and New York.