Head Quarters Morristown 18th March 1780.
By a Return made to me this morning by Mr Forman in your behalf, I find that there are considerable quantities of Meal and Grain in the Mills from thirty to sixty Miles distance from Camp. The necessities of the Army, at this time, call for the most vigorous exertions in having what is ground brought immediately forward, as it appears from a Return made to me this day, by Mr Gamble Assistant Commy of Issues, that he has not a pound of Flour upon hand, and but 1200 Bushs. of Corn and five hundred Bushels of Wheat; the former of which, I fear, we shall be obliged to issue unground—I am convinced, if a representation of this matter is made by you to the several Gentlemen who have the direction of forwarding the above mentioned Articles, and by them, to the Magistrates of the respective districts, that they will take measures for putting the provision in motion in as expeditious a manner as possible. I therefore request you to write immediately to the persons concerned in the Business, and urge, to them, the necessity of their immediate exertions. In short, our dependance, until the State of the Roads will permit Flour from the southward to come on, is entirely upon what is included in your Return of this day. I am, &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.