George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Fellows, 22 July 1780

Sheffield 22. July 1780


The Militia detached from this State and New Hampshire, for three months are directed to rendezvous at Claverack on Hudson’s River, from some most unaccountable neglect not the least Provision is made to supply them. I have a Letter from one of the Magistrates there whereby I am informed that more than 1000 Troops are now billited on the Inhabitants. the remainder of the Detachment I have presumed to halt at Great Carrington where there are now perhaps 1500 men equally destitute. your Excellency’s reflection will at once suggest to you the innumerable ill Consequences resulting from this Inattention and want of foresight. the spirit of mutiny which will probably hereby be infused into Two Levies and the detriment resulting therefrom to the service are not the least nor only Evils to be dreaded These Considerations have induced me to give your Excellency this Information by Express and I have no doubt but that as soon as possible these Embarrassments will be removed.

No Provision is made for supplying the Troops from this State further than to Claverack to which Place they are to procure for themselves for which they have rec’d a pecuniary Compensation the new Hampshire Troops are supplyed no further than to Worcester and no Provision is there made for them by this State. Whether the comisary General is informed of these Circumstances I knew not but there is an unpardonable neglect somewhere for I am certain nothing but Exertion is necessary (proper Arrangements being priviously made) to effect any purpose which can be desired.

I am Sir with the most perfect Esteem your Excellency’s most Obedt & very hume Sart

John Fellows

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