To William Duer
Head Quarters Morris town 14th Jany 1777
I some time ago recd advice that a large parcel of cloathing was forwarded from New England to peeckskill with an intent to come on to this Army.1
I could not account for its being delayed there, untill I was just now informed by the Quarter Master General, that the Convention of your State had appropriated 26 Bales of it to their own use without consulting him in the least. This I look upon as a most extraordinary peice of Conduct, and what involves me just at this time in the greatest difficulties, for depending upon that Cloathing I have not applied elsewhere and the Troops in the Feild are now absolutely perishing for want of it.
I have therefore to desire that what is not made use of may be immediately forwarded to me, and that in future not the least Article may be stopped upon the Way without giving me due Notice, that I may know how to regulate myself.
I dont doubt but your Troops were in want of Cloathing, but consider they were in comfortable Barracks while ours are marching over Frost and Snow many without a shoe Stocking or Blanket. I am Dear Sir Yr very hble Servt.
Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. The Continental Congress directed the secret committee to procure this cloth on 1 Dec. 1776 (see Hancock to GW, that date), and Abraham Livingston and William Turnbull shipped it from Boston to GW’s army by way of Fishkill, N.Y., later that month (see Abraham Livingston to the New York Committee of Safety, 23 Dec. 1776, in N.Y. Prov. Congress Journals description begins Journals of the Provincial Congress, Provincial Convention, Committee of Safety, and Council of Safety of the State of New-York, 1775–1776–1777. 2 vols. Albany, 1842. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 1:761–62). For the subsequent distribution of the cloth, see the New York Committee of Safety to GW, 22 Jan. 1777.