George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Moses Bush, 26 September 1779

To Moses Bush

Head Quarters West Point 26 Sepr 1779


The probability of having occasion for a number of Boats of a particular construction, induces me to request you immediately to raise the sides of as many River Scows as Maj: Genl Greene Qr Mr G. shall direct. He will write you particularly on the subject.1 The Business requires the utmost dispatch, and is of so much public importance that it authorises me to give the order and will justify you in quitting the Business in which you are at present engaged.2 I am &.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Q.M. Gen. Nathanael Greene wrote to Bush on this date (see Greene Papers, description begins Richard K. Showman et al., eds. The Papers of General Nathanael Greene. 13 vols. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976–2005. description ends 4:414-15). Greene informed GW on 27 Sept. that he had sent orders to Bush at Middletown, Conn., to have the sides of the scows in the Connecticut River raised and fitted to transport artillery carriages. For GW’s plans for the boats, see his letter to Greene of this date.

2Bush was employed by the Continental Congress Marine Committee in building the frigate Bourbon at Middletown, Connecticut.

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