George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 19 November 1780

Head Quarters 19th Novemr 1780


I have just received advice from Otis and Henley of Boston that they had, thro’ the interest of the State, procured upwards of forty Teams which they had loaded and sent forward with Cloathing. They do not say how far the teams are to proceed, but in all probability no farther than Springfield, at which place there is also a considerable quantity of Cloathing much wanted by the Army. The bringing the whole forward to New Burgh as expeditiously as possible is a matter so indispensably necessary in the present naked condition of the troops, that I must request you to send an active person of your department to springfield whose Business it shall be to attend solely to the forwarding the Cloathing from that place—If you are not furnished with the means of procuring transportation, I will give the person who goes, a letter to the Governor of Connecticut solliciting his aid and assistance.

You will direct the above and all other public stores to come the upper Route by Litchfield.

Be pleased to order the working party under Major Bruen to return by Kakeate and Paramus to Camp—He will mend that Road from Paramus to Camp which the Baggage came when we marched last from that place—it falls in at Ryersons Mill—I am Sir Yr most obt Servt

DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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