George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Clement Biddle, 2 August 1780

2 August 1780

To Clement Biddle Esquire Comy G. Forage for the Army of the United States—

From the Representation you have made to me that the Army can not be furnishd with Forage on the present Emergency in the modes pointed out by Law, I am compel’d from the necessity of the Case to authorise you, and you are hereby Authorised, by Yourself, Deputy, Assistants & Forage Masters, to impress Pasturage, Grass hay & Oats, which may be requisite for the horses of the Army, when the same cannot otherwise be procured, provided that the same be taken within Ten Miles of an Encampment of the Army and that you take such measures for having Justice done to the Inhabitants from whom the same may be taken as near as can be done, in the modes pointed Out by Law, Also that you use your utmost Endeavours to prevent unnecessary Damage or waste.

This Warrant to continue in force for Ten--Days from the Date hereof & no longer. Given at Head Quarters Peaks Kill this 2d Day of August 1780.

Go: Washington

By His Excellencys Command

Robt H. Harrison Secy

PHi: Washington-Biddle Correspondence.

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