George Washington Papers

Circular to the New England Governments, 23 December 1775

Circular to the New England Governments

Cambridge Decr 23. 1775


Notwithstanding the great pains taken by the Quarter Master General, to procure Blanketts for the Army, he finds it impossible to procure a Number Sufficient—he has tryed the different places to the Southward without Success, as what were there are engaged to Supply the wants of the Troops in each place.

Our Soldiers are in great distress & I know of no way to remedy the evil than applying to you, cannot some be got from the different Towns? Most Houses could spare One, some of them many—If your Honorable House will please to take this affair under your Immediate consideration & by some means or other, procure as many as can be spared from the Housekeepers, you will do Infinite Service to this Army & very much oblige Yr H. S.1


LB, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The letter-book copy in DLC:GW is addressed to “Honr. Jas Warren Letters of same purprt to Gov. Trumbull Gov. Cooke New Hampshire Convention.” The letter-book copy in the Connecticut State Library is addressed to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. The letter that GW wrote on this date to Matthew Thornton, president of the New Hampshire provincial congress, is printed in N.H. Hist. Soc., Collections description begins Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society. Concord, N.H., 1824—. description ends , 2 (1827), 150–51.

1The Massachusetts General Court resolved on 5 Jan. 1776 to collect 4,000 blankets from the various towns in the colony (Mass. House of Rep. Journal description begins A Journal of the Honorable House of Representatives of the Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. Watertown, Mass., 1775. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , Nov. 1775–Feb. 1776 sess., 72, 92, 95, 107, 109, 112, 114–18; “Mass. Council Journal,” July 1775–Feb. 1776 sess. description begins In Journals, Minutes, and Proceedings, State of Massachusetts Bay, 1775–1780. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records.) description ends , 428–32). For the response of the other New England governments, see Matthew Thornton to GW, 27 Dec. 1775, Nicholas Cooke to GW, 1 Jan. 1776, and Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., to GW, 1 Jan. 1776.

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