George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Rutledge, 15 April 1780

Head Qurs Morris Town 15th April 1780.


Your Excellency will have received, I presume, before this, a transcript of an Act of Congress of the 25th of February, calling on the several States for specific quantites of Provision, Rum and Forage for the Army, and directing the Articles of supplies to be collected and deposited at such places in each of them, as should be judged most convenient by me. With respect to the places of deposit, for the supplies to be furnished by your State, I beg leave to acquaint your Excellency, that I have not such a competent knowledge of the Country, as to undertake to fix them myself. I shall therefore write to the Commanding Officer in the Southern department on the subject and desire him to arrange the business with your Excellency, determine on the places which appear to him most eligible, relatively to the present and probable train of Southern operations and to make the earliest communication on the point to your Excellency. In the mean time the supplies may be providing, and although I cannot undertake to fix on the general places of deposit, for the reasons I have mentioned, I beg leave to add, that it appears to me essential that a part of the Flour and Forage should be collected, as soon as it can be done, at proper stages on the usual route thro’ the State, for the Marching of Troops to or from the more Northern ones, as it may be wanted for Succours going and which may occasionally move to the Southward. I mention nothing with respect to Beef, as Cattle, I presume, can be easily furnished to answer every occasional demand of this sort. I have the honour to be with the highest respect & esteem Your Excellys Most Obt Servt

Go. Washington.

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