George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Meshech Weare, 26 March 1780


Head Quarters Morris Town March 26 1780


You will have received I presume before this a transcript of an Act of Congress of the 25th of last month calling on the several States for specific quantities of provision Rum & Forage for the army & directing the Articles of Supplies to be collected & deposited at such places in each of the States as should be judged most convenient by me. In the case of a defensive war like ours, which depends almost wholly on the movements and operations of the Enemy, it is difficult if not impracticable, to fix on places of Deposit for [Stores], which may not be rendered improper by subsequent events, & all we can do upon such occasion, is, to collect them where it shall appear from a comparative view of circumstances, that they will be probably secure and most likely to facilitate the purposes intended I have considered the point with respect to the supplies required of Your State, and I beg leave to inform You, that it appears to me, they should be deposited at the following places and in the proportions set against each respectively—Viz.

Charles Town No. 4 24,000 Gallons of Rum
Portsmouth 11,643 Do.

Also the Beef—the time & place of delivery of the proportion from time to time must of necessity be governed by the occasional requisitions of the Commissary General; which must also be the case with respect to the Salt of it’s ultimate place of deposit. I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect Sir Your Most Obed. servant;

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Nh-Ar: Weare Papers.

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