To Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington
Philada 8 January 1779
On Rect of yours of the 23d Decemr I laid it before the Board of War for their direction.1 As the purchase of any kind of Cloathing out of the regular line occasions a deal of confusion, they will take the matter into consideration, and if they do not see a probability of supplying you in any other manner, they will direct Major Bigelow to procure Hats for the two Connecticut Brigades, which will put things into the proper train and take off any imputation of partiality. I am Dear Sir Yrs &c.
Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. Huntington had written to GW from Redding, Conn., on 23 Dec.: “The Men of my Brigade are sadly of it for Hats—no part of Dress fosters the pride of the soldier more than this Article—I beleive I could procure them in the Course of the Winter if I knew how to pay for them” (DLC:GW).