Head Quarters near Passaic Octr 28th 1780
I have been favoured with your Letter of the 24th Inst. and thank you for the representation you make of the Ammunition and Ordnance Stores at Providence—I will give directions to Colonel Greene for their further security.
While I feel the full force of all your observations respecting the necessity of having permanent supplies laid in for the Posts in the Highlands—I have to lament the inefficacy of our past measures, and the disagreeable prospects before us. Col. Blane can give you more particular information; As it is the business of the Commissary General, to point out the places of deposit to the state Agents, and to make all the arrangements in the Department, but not having the power, or the Means, to make any purchases himself; the supplies must be very inadequate and precarious, unless the States will furnish the quotas they are called upon for, with more punctuality and dispatch, than has hitherto been the case.
The plan you suggest of having the salted provisions put up as near the spot as possible, would certainly be eligible—but at present seems impracticable, while the Army is barely subsisted from day to day—I cannot but hope, however, that the Legislatures (most of which are now sitting) will take immediate and effectual means to have the necessary Magazines laid in for the Winter.
I have appointed Brigadier General Clinton to take the command Albany, who will proceed thither accordingly. I am Dear Sir With great esteem & regard Your Most Obedient and Very Humble Servant
MHi: Heath Papers.