Head Quarters Orange Town 5th October 1780.
From the want of opportunities of having more frequent personal communications with you, I am in a great measure at a loss to know what are our real prospects of Cloathing for the ensuing Winter. Mr Moylan, your Assistant with the Army, is only able to furnish me with returns of what few Articles are in his immediate possession and in the Magazine at Newburgh, but he is intirely ignorant of what the Continental agents in the different States may have in their hands, or whether the States themselves have made any provision for their respective Lines. The Season is already so far advanced, that no time is to be lost in collecting together what is provided, and informing the States of the true situations of matters that they may yet endeavour to procure something for their troops if it shall be necessary—On these foregoing accounts I shall expect to see you with the Army immediately after the receipt of this letter. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.