Closter oct. 8. 1780.
May it Pleas your Excellencie
your Orders dated oct. 7. I have receaved am willing and ready to Obey, but am sorrow to Inform your Excellencie that it makes a Great uneseniss among the Inhabitants at the lines in this County. your Excellencie is not unaquainted how the unhappy frinds of this county here at the lines must suffer by our Cruel Ennemies. my detatchment is perticular listed for a Gaurd at the frontiers of this County, to Compleat the number the Inhabitants at the lines paid a large sum of money to the soldiery perticular to have rest them selves and to follow their Lawfull Imploy. by me laying in this Quarter and Garrisoning the Blockhouse at Dobbs ferry which lays in york state is little or no Gaurd to this County there is Hakensack, where I was ordered to march too, by the Law of this state, lays now open, besides the New bridge, [ ] Neck and a number of other Places wher Horse theves and robbers slip true to the ruin of the Inhabitants lay all open and my Corps is a Gaurd to york state and very little to this County as we lay at Present, besides our unhappy condition in regard of Provision. I must imploy a number of my men to Collect provision in the country because we Cannot draw it from the army it is true we have cheef of the time drawed flower from Commissary Gamble. he absolutely now refuses to issue any more and says we are a state ridgment and must draw from the state. the state purchaser or Contractor in this County refuses, by saying, he has [furnissed] his Quota according to Law. my men have been now nine days with out flower, or bread, but what they Borrow from the Inhabitants. I have had whilst the army laid here about fifteen different Commanders as a Piquet to the whole army yet Cannot receave supply like the Continentle troops. I must now either take an arbitrary Power Contrary to Law, or els may it Pleas your Excellencie to direct me how my troops must be supplyed. Nothing more at Present but I am and remain with the Greatest respects and submission your Excellencies Most obedient faithfull Subject
Joh. Mauritius Goetschius
Major Commandr state Ridment
DLC: Papers of George Washington.