23 August 1780
To Clement Biddle Esqr. Commissary General of Forage.
From the Representation that you have made to me that the horses of the Army cannot be Supplied in the modes pointed out by Law, I am Compelled from the necessity of the Case to authorise you to impress & you are hereby Authorized by yourself Deputy Assistants & Forage Masters to impress Forage necessary for the horses of the Army when the same cannot otherwise be procured, also the necessary pasturage, provided that the same be taken within Ten—Miles of the Encampments of the Army & that you take the most effectual measures to have Justice done to the Inhabitants and to prevent waste or damage.
This Warrant to continue in force for Ten—Days from the date hereof & no longer. Given under my hand at head quarters this 23 Day of August 1780.
By his Excellencys Command
Rob: H: Harrison
PHi: Washington-Biddle Correspondence.