George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Allyne Otis, 25 October 1780

Boston 25th Octr 1780


This acknowledges the rect of your Excellencys favor 4th Octr, and in forwarding the Clothing in our possession be asssured Sir, we shall not be wanting in our exertions, but Congress must necessarily interpose for the fullfillment of our Contract or the public utility it has promised, and which for several months we have been at infinite pains to demonstrate, will be frustrated.

Colo. Wigglesworth is now soliciting Congress & in the mean time inclosed is a return of what is packed & ready to go forward, whenever the D. Quar. Master or the Executive of the State can furnish us with means of conveyance.

Preparation is making of the materals in our possession, The quantity however it is out of our power to ascertain before Colo. Wigglesworths return, but if the whole is retained the supply will be very inadequate except of Blankets of which should supp[ose] five or six thousand may be compleated.

Shall observe your Excellencys discretion relative to the Rout of the Waggons, & attention to the Cask—And will again do ourselves the honor of addressing yr Excellency upon the Subject when Colo. Wigglesworth returns.

Permit us to add there are large quantities of prize goods in the State could means be devised to procure them, & they will perhaps not be cheaper. We have the Honor to be Your Excellencys Most obedient and very Humble Sert

Otis & Henley

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


A Return of Sundry Articles of Cloathing in Store of Otis & Henley;

October 26th 1780

3493 pr Woolen Overalls

4867 pr Socks

3055 Vests

985 Shirts

597 pr Leathr Breeches

229 pr Mittens

265 Watch Coats

2376 pr Hose

2215 Blanketts

132 pr Linn Breeches

6 Coats

20 Hunting Shirts

20 pr Ozens. Overalls

Errors Excepted

Otis & Henley

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