George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 31 October 1780

West Point October 31st 1780

Dear General

Conformable to the signification of your pleasure in yours of the 29th June last, I take the liberty to enclose an amount of such of my extra expences at Rhode Island, as were paid by me, and request your order thereon for the ballance. The General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island politely passed a resolve directing their purchasing commissary to furnish the commissary of Issues with such provisions &c. as were necessary for my table while I remained in that State, and all the other supplies were furnished by the Commissary accordingly.

The season is now nearly arrived when it will be necessary to take up and secure the chain. Many of the buoys are become so water soaken as to be on the point of sinking and will grow more so every day as the cold encreases. I think it ought to be taken up at farthest by the middle of next month. it may be easier done sooner. As this is an important as well as a difficult piece of business, and was the last year conducted with great skill and dexterity by Colonel Tupper, I would request, if it is agreable to your Excellency, and not disagreable to him; that he may be sent to superintend the business. it will not take up any considerable length of time.

The enclosed Letter from Colonel Hay just now came to hand. Apprehending that it was on the subject of supplies, on which General Greene as well as myself, had written to Colonel Hay, I openned the Letter. this letter contains all the particular intelligence I have yet received from the Northward. I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient Servant

W. Heath

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