George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Thomas Mifflin, 27 May 1777

From Major General Thomas Mifflin

Philadelphia—27th May 1777

My dear General

Mr Hancock has directed me to inform you that upon the Request of several Members of Congress, who judgd my Attendance here for some Days necessary, I must remain in Philada unless the Buisiness of the Army cannot be executed to your Satisfaction by the Gentlemen who are now with you as Depy Qr Mrs Genl.

In the mean Time I have my Hands filld with the Formation of the Department & the Settlement of innumerable intricate Accounts of our Expences last Campaign.

I have provided almost every Article sufficient for this Campaign except Tents: the Want of which Col. Biddle complains heavily in a Letter dated the 26h Inst. The following is the State of my Tent Account.

April 19 per Abraham Barry Wag. Mastr 860 }
John Crafton do. 140
May 2 Adam Nees marquees 33 000 Sent to Col. Biddle
12 William Skiles 512
20 Robert Beyers 500
2012 Tents
16th William Skiles 144 }
16 ditto 70 To Genl Sullivan at Princton
20 Capt. Richards Schooner to Trenton 132
William Starret 1000 To Albany
33 Marquees & 3358 Tents
Deliverd in Philada to the following Regiments
2d Virginia Regiment Col. Spotswood 17
4th ditto 4
8th ditto Bowman 36
12th ditto Wood 12
4th Maryland Hall 11
Delaware Regiment 27
2d Pennsylva. ditto Irwin 40
3d do Wood 72
4th do Cadwalader 12
9th do A.J. Morris 38
10th do Lt Col. Nagel 25
11th do Humpton 38
Pennsylva. State Regiment at Redbank 110
Militia of Delaware State 205
Boats on Delaware 30
4035 Tents
&  33 Marquees
which are sufficient for Twenty two thousand Men Officers included } 4068

I have on hand at Philada 500 Tents exclusive of 500 Tents imported from France & hourly expected from Senepuxent.

I have long since sent to Boston for all the Tents in & near that Town & have taken every Method to procure from Mr Brown & others all the Tent Cloth that can be purchasd. If Col. Biddle has been frugal he cannot want Tents. But to prevent any ill Consequences from Miscarriages on the Road &ca I will send off to Morrow 300 Tents to him.

It is impossible to gratify the Officers with Marquees at this Time—they must fair as British Officers frequently fair—i.e.—put up with good Tents.

A Major Lutterlow who has been much caressd by Doctor Franklins intimate Friends here waits on your Excellency by Advice of several Members of Congress—He knows the many Blunders which have been committed by hasty Appointments in our Army & will not urge his Interest too far—I beleive from his Conduct here that he is a Gentleman of Sense, much Modesty, & Breeding. I have the Honor to be Your Excellencys Obt hle Sert

Thomas Mifflin


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