George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Cochran, 13 April 1780

Morristown April 13th 1780

Dear Sir

By the enclosed Report of the State of our Stores, for the regimental sick, which I transmited yesterday, to the medical Committee, your Excellency will be acquainted with our situation, of which I thought it my Duty to give you Information. I am with the utmost respect & Esteem your Excellencys most obedient and very humble servant

John Cochran

P. & Surgn Genl to the Army

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Morristown April 11th 1780


It becomes necessary for me to acquaint the Medical Committee that, as it was probable, I should soon be destitute of Stores for the regimental sick, I wrote to Doctor Potts the Hospital Surveyor, for a proper supply, in order to privent the fatal Consequences, which must ensue from the Want of them. I had for Answer that he neither had Stores on hand, or Money to purchase any with.

The whole stock was expended on Monday last, the usual Day of issuing, & then only at half Allowance for the Week & unless a supply should arrive in a few Days, the sick must suffer greatly. I am informed, this Day, that the General Hospitals in the Vicinity of the Camp, are nearly in the same situation respecting Stores, so that little relief can be expected from that Quarter.

I hope the above report will induce the Medical Committee to take the most effectual steps to enable the Purveyor to furnish the necessary Comforts for the languishing Soldiery who merit the utmost Attention from that Country, which they have been so bravely defending. I am Sir your most Obedient & very humble servant

John Cochran, surgn

Genl to the Army

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