George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 24 October 1780

Head Quarters Prekaness 24th October 1780

Dear Sir

In one of my former, I barely acknowledged the receipt of your favor of the 19th. Business prevented my going fully into it. I wish it was in my power to give a satisfactory answer to the representation made by Doctor McKnight in behalf of the Gentlemen of the Hospital, on the subject of Cloathing. They are not the only sufferers—There are a great number of officers of the line, who have never derived any benefit from particular States or from the public. I have repeatedly remonstrated upon the hardship of their situations, but I have heard of no competent provision being made. If there are any small matters in the Store at Newburgh proper for Officers, I have no objection to their being delivered out, in due proportions, to those who have derived no State benefits and do not expect any this winter. The officers of Lambs Artillery—and Hazens—Livingstons and Spencer’s Regiments will draw a few yards of Cloth and three or four shirts each from hence, for which an allowance must be made, should there be any goods at Newburgh.

I must refer Colp. Campbells application to Congress. There is a Resolve passed in June last which seems to preclude those, who are not in actual service, from drawing Rations, but directs the value to be paid in Money.

If the Officers of Colo. Sheldons Regt are of opinion that the execution of one of the Dragoons has been a sufficient example, I have no objection to granting a pardon to the other.

I find among Arnolds papers the proceedings of two Courts Martial against Loveberry—Ackerly and Weeks, all capitally convicted for coming out as Spies. Be pleased to say whether the person detained in the provost is either of the foregoing. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt

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