Morris Town 3d April 1780
The inclosed is from a Delegate of this State in Congress. Orders to the Effect which he mentions, should doubtless be given without delay. But as it is an affair wholly relating to the Army, it seems most proper that the pass port should come from Your Excellency. If however your Excellency thinks that any Concurrence of mine is necessary, I shall chearfully do every thing in my Power it may be thought necessary to facilitate the safe transportation of the Blankets—I have the Honour to be with the greatest Respect Dear Sir Your Excellency’s most humble & most Obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Phila. March 30. 1780.
There is now Stored at or near Squan a quantity of Blankets designed for the use of the Army; These with other Articles of Cloathing are under the direction of the board of War ’till put under the care of the Clotheir general: How and from whence those blankets came to the Above place, I am not Able to inform your Excellency, but it appears they are of British Manufacture and on that Account liable to seisure, and it is said that a Number of the Inhabitants of New Jersey having knowledge of the said goods are determind to Avail themselves of the Law Authorizing Seisures in case of their removal; This embarrasses the board of War. The Law eluded to impower the Commander in Chief of the Army or your Excellency to grant pass ports for the safe conveyance of any goods ever in case they Actually come out of the Enemies Lines: As those blankets are the property of the United States, and at this Time much wanted, the granting a pass port for their safe removal appears a Necessary and Justifiable measure, for the obtaining which, the Secretary of the board of War will wait upon your Excellency, which I presume your Excellency will not hesitate in granting, on Advising the Commander in Chief of the Army to do it, that the board may proceed in the business with Safety. I am Sir, Your Excellency’s Obedt Humble Servt