George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Clement Biddle, 13 August 1780

13 August 1780

From the representation you have made to me that the Army cannot be supplied with Forage 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 to impress hay, Grass, pasture & Oats sufficient for the Horses of the Army, when the same cannot otherwise be procured, provided that the same be taken within [          ] Miles of the Encampments of the Army & that you take Measures to have justice done to the Inhabitants as near as can be done in the modes pointed out by Laws of the States in Cases of Forage impressed by civil Authority—You are also to use your utmost Endeavours to prevent waste or damage to the Inhabitants—This warrant to Continue in force for Ten Days from the date hereof— Given at Camp Tappan this Thirteenth Day of August 1780.

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By His Excellencys Command Rob: H. Harrison Secy

PHi: Washington-Biddle Correspondence.

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