George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Clement Biddle, 15 September 1780

Head Quarters Bergen County 15th Sept. 1780


General Greene has transmitted to me a Copy of your letter to him of this date, setting forth the embarrassment in which you find yourself by the operation of an Act of Congress of the 23d Augt which takes place this day—As it is impossible, under present circumstances, to suspend the Business of the Forage department untill Colo. Pickering, or the Gentleman appointed to succeed you, may arrive in Camp, you will be pleased to proceed in the execution of the Office for the space of ten days from this date (unless Colo. Pickering or his Deputy should sooner arrive) giving Certificates agreeable to the mode pointed out by the act, and keeping an exact account of those granted during that time, that a return may be made to the Boards of War and Treasury according to the terms of the Act—I shall, in the mean time, write to Colo. Pickering urging the necessity of his, or his deputy’s, immediate presence in Camp, and I shall also write to Congress, informing them of the reasons which induced me to take the above step, and requesting them to make provision for the payment of the Certificates which may be given in consequence by you or by Persons acting under your orders. I am with great Regard Sir yr &c.

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