George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Board of the Treasury, 29 May 1780

Head Qurs Morris Town May 29th 1780


You will have heard before this I am persuaded, that an armament, composed of Land & Sea forces, is soon expected to arrive on the Continent from France, for the purpose of cooperating with us against the Common Enemy. Every exertion will be necessary on our part for the occasion—and the aid of every experienced & active Officer. In this view–and as the Forage department is a most important one—on the proper arrangements and execution of the duties of which–our movements will essentially depend; It is my wish that we should have the services of Colo. Biddle this Campaign. I have communicated the matter to him and he has consented to continue to act, tho’ he had resigned; but he informed me he was obliged to be at Philadelphia in consequence of some arrangements in your Office, for the purpose of adjusting his accounts—a point which he was very desirous of effecting. It appears to me his services will be so essential with the Army—that it would be better to defer this business for the present, unless it can be accomplished in a few days—which I should suppose, from the great extent & variety of his transactions cannot be the case. If I am right in my conjectures—and the Board do not see that very superior advantages would arise to the public from his detention, I wish his earliest return. Time is most precious with us—and circumstanced as we are, we have not a moment to spare in providing for the Object I have mentioned. I have the Honour to be with great respect & esteem Gentn Yr Most Obedt Svt

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