George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Livingston, 15 November 1780

Trenton 15th November 1780

Dear Sir

By a Resolution of both Branches of our Legislature, I am requested to write to your Excellency to assure you that the Legislature of this State are most sincerely disposed to exert their utmost Efforts for drawing forth all the Supplies this State can furnish for the Army under your Command, but at the same time to inform your Excellency that from the Drought of the last Summer, & the large Supplies already furnished, Hay & other forage are so scarce, that it will be necessary to send out of this State, as early this Season as convenient, every horse that can possibly be spared from the Army; & that it will be equally necessary to call upon the Neighbouring States to fill the Magazines upon the Borders of this State, that the Forage near them may be sent on towards the Army.

I am further requested by the said Resolution to consult your Excellency on the Subject of guarding the Frontiers of this State during the ensuing Winter & to learn whether any part of the Forces under your Excellency’s Command can, consistently with the Plan of operations laid down by you, be employed in that Service, & what part of the Frontiers of this State may depend on the Protection to be derived therefrom. With the greatest respect, I have the Honour to be Dear Sir your Excellency’s most humble & most obedient Servant

Wil: Livingston

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