George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 5 September 1779

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters [West Point] 5th Sepr 1779.

Dear Sir

I have your favor of this Morning, inclosing a letter from General Parsons on the subject of Cloathing.1 To enable me to give an answer, it will be necessary to see General Parsons, which I shall be glad to do in the morning or when it is convenient to him. I am Dear Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS is docketed 6 September. Heath’s docket on the LS indicates that Brig. Gen. Samuel Holden Parsons’s letter concerned “Clothing for the Connecticut Troops.”

On 6 Sept., GW wrote to the state, or sub-, clothier of Connecticut from headquarters at West Point: “I am of opinion that you may, under the Resolve of Congress of the 23d March last, continue to issue to the troops of the State of Connecticut (untill you are otherwise ordered by the Cloathier General) such number of shirts, shoes and other Articles as they may actually want—charging them as directed by said Resolve” (Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW). For the resolve of Congress, see 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 13:353–57. The Connecticut legislature appointed Elijah Hubbard (1745–1808), of Middletown, Conn., state clothier in May 1779 (Conn. Public Records, description begins The Public Records of the State of Connecticut . . . with the Journal of the Council of Safety . . . and an Appendix. 18 vols. to date. Hartford, 1894—. description ends 2:277).

1Heath’s letter to GW, dated this date at “Mandavilles” in Dutchess County, N.Y., reads: “I take the Liberty to enclose a Letter which I have this morning received from Brigadier General Parsons, I do not conceive my self authorised to give the order that Seems requisite to afford a remedy—must therefore request your Excellency Instructions, and what answer I shall return to General Parsons” (ALS [retained copy], MHi: Heath Papers). The letter from Parsons to Heath has not been identified.

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