Head Quarters 11th July 1780
If Forage within the vicinity of the Camp cannot be obtained by any other means than impress, the measure however disagreeable must be adopted—you will let me know to what limits the Warrant shall extend. The Forage Masters can only be assured that if they are sued in consequence of the execution of their duty, the public must bear them harmless—It is not in my power to stop the process of the last—If we should be under the necessity of pressing—a distinction should be made between the well and ill affected. I am Dear Sir yr most obt Servt
PHi: Washington-Biddle Correspondence.