George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 16 November 1780

Head Quarters Passaic Falls 16th Novemr 1780

Dear Sir

I have received your favors of the 12th and 13th. The proceedings of the Court of Enquiry, upon Colo. Varick, accompanied the former.

I cannot conceive that the Jersey line has received the number of Recruits, which the Cloathing Return specifies, since those which were inlisted last Winter, and they, I presume, must have obtained their proportion of Cloathing with the other Men. You will inquire more particularly into the matter, and if you find it right, you will direct the quantity absolutely necessary to be delivered. I suppose, by the appearance of the Return, that it includes two Shirts and two pair of Stockings for each. Let those intitled have one of each at present, and they will have a further allowance when the general distribution is made. We have no Cloathing of any kind here—They must therefore take such as is at New Burgh.

I am in hopes that the Enemy do not mean to advance upon the Northern Frontiers, by their halting so long near the Lake. I am Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington


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