George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathanael Greene, 15 September 1780

Camp Kennekimak 15th Septr 1780


Inclos’d I send your Excellency a copy of a letter this moment receiv’d from Colo. Biddle, respecting the forage Department. The inclos’d News Paper has the resolutions of Congress in it, which Colo. Biddle’s letter refers to. As the matter is altogether out of my power to remedy, I must refer it to your Excellency and beg your advice and order thereon. I am with great respect and regard, Your Excellency’s Most Obedt & Hume Servt

Nath. Greene M. General

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Camp 15th Sepr 1780


A Resolve of Congress of 23rd August, directs that all certificates shall be signed by the principals of the Departments, without which no claim shall be valid against the United States; and as I had expected the arrival of Colo. Pickering in Camp, I omitted to apply to you how I should act on this occasion, untill the time when such resolve taking place, left me at a loss how to act.

The chief of our supplies are drawn from the Country, and a great part by impress under the authority of the warrant from His Excellency General Washington; but by this resolve I conceive that no Certificates given by me, or those acting under me will be of any validity, or even if they were signed by you: therefore I am desirous to have your directions in what manner I shall proceed, for I shall render myself and the Officers acting under me personally accountable for any forage which we may hereafter collect; and it is not in our power to conform to the mode pointed out by the resolve of Congress, unless Colo. Pickering should arrive this day, and assume the direction of the department.

A quantity of Grain-forage at Trenton, and I have sent some Teams there to bring on a small supply; but having advice that Colo. Lutterlough, who was to succeed me, was coming on near two weeks ago, I supposed he would take the necessary measures to have the whole brought on.

I beg to be favour’d with your answer on this occasion, and am, with great respect, Your Most Obt Servt

Clemt Biddle

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