George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 10 March 1779

To Timothy Pickering

Head Qrs Middlebrook 10 March 1779


I had the honor of your letter of the 5th Inst. with its inclosures.1

I have communicated the resolve of Congress respecting the pay of supernumerary officers to the Auditor of accounts for the goverment of his conduct.2

In case there are any quantity of shoes, at the different manufactories under the direction of the board, I could wish them to be forwarded to camp as soon as possible. as also a number of Shirts & Linnen Overalls.3 I am with great respect &c.


Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2GW is referring to a resolution of 4 March in which Congress declared that a resolution passed on 24 Nov. 1778 did not entitle supernumary officers to one year’s subsistence as well as one year’s pay (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 12:1156–57, 13:271). Both John Clark, Jr., and James Johnston then served as auditors for the main army.

3On the draft, GW wrote the previous nine words above a struck-out sentence, which reads: “I have taken the necessary measures respecting the shoes from the Eastward.”

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