George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Clement Biddle, 16 September 1780

16 September 1780

The Representation which you have made to me of the impossibility of providing for the horses of the army in the modes pointed out by Law compells me to Authorise you and you are hereby Authorised by yourself, Deputy Assistants or Forage Masters to impress Forage and pasture necessary for the horses of the Army when the same cannot otherwise be procured, provided that the same be taken within fifteen miles of an Encampment of the army & that you take proper measures to prevent abuse or waste and to have justice done to the Inhabitants.

This warrant to continue in force for Ten days or until Colo. Pickering or his Deputy shall arrive in Camp. Given at head quarters Bergen County this 16th Day September 1780.

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